Cultural peculiarities and housing production in Algeria. Djelfa Area condition

Atmani Abderrahmane, Boudjamea Khalfallah, Abid Sebei


The current residential production in Algeria is diverse, but is relatively similar in terms of design. The similarity in design has become inevitable, due to the scarcity of real-estate, the increasing demand for housing, and the rise of the urban population. Because of the aforementioned reasons, we notice that the peculiarities of the local communities that structure the Algerian societies are not taken into account. The urban design of the local communities (Kabyle, Mzabi, Shawi, Targui...) show evident similarities overall; however, some details are imposed by the local culture of each community. Those details are absent in contemporary residential production. Through this study, we aim to identify a number of cultural peculiarities of the local Naily community in the region of Djelfa, the ways these peculiarities reflect on the local traditional construction, and the set of mechanisms for inclusion in contemporary housing production. The study is divided in two parts: a theoretical part, in which we highlighted the interrelationship between cultural peculiarities, urbanism and the local community, and an applied part in which we employed the Delphi technique and chose the region of Djelfa as a case study. The results show the following: 43 answers through the application of Delphi Method by experts distributed on the three questions asked which in general provided important pieces of information, through which we were able to access the set of cultural peculiarities of the local community in the region of Djelfa, the reflection of these peculiarities on the local construction and how to include some  solutions to address the current residential production in a way that protects the cultural peculiarities of the Naily community in the region of Djelfa.

Key words: cultural peculiarities, local community, local housing, residential production, Djelfa, Delphi Method

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