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The Problem

  • Centre for Housing, Building and Planning United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs

Abstract

The relationship between man and his environment is mutual, complex and subtle. Each shapes and is shaped by the other. Man depends for his ultimate survival on the quality and quantity of the elements which make up his environment, but in the course of drawing upon them for his support he changes them and the natural relationship between them. When he farms he uses up nutrients in the soil; when he mines and manufactures he removes irreplaceable resources from the ground and changes them; when he consumes he leaves behind wastes which pollute and damage the environment. Above all when he joins with others to form settlements he puts in motion an intricate dynamic system of interrelationships between himself and his environment which profoundly influences his own present well-being and that of future generations.

Keywords

Human Settlement Urban Growth Comprehensive Planning Urban Poverty Service Economy 
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© United Nations 1974

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  • Centre for Housing, Building and Planning United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs

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