Housing experts from 25 developing countries in Asia, Africa and South and Central America were in Hungary last week studying a central European approach to solving the housing problem.
GV PAN Monument and PAN ALONG street
GV High rise flats under construction
SV INT Delegation inspecting housing development
GV EXT Flats PAN DOWN TO delegates leaving (2 shots)
GV PAN New flats
SV Delegates discussing project (2 shots)
GV Delegates talking PAN TO flats
LV Wall section being lowered into position
SV INT Wall being lowered and fitted by workmen (2 shots)
GV New block of flats PULL BACK TO ornamental gardens
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Background: Housing experts from 25 developing countries in Asia, Africa and South and Central America were in Hungary last week studying a central European approach to solving the housing problem.
On Thursday (19 April), they visited the thousand-year-old city of szekesfehervar. But it wasn't the city's historical heritage that interested them. Instead, they inspected a major development of apartment blocks.
They also watched new apartment buildings being constructed from prefabricated sections. The experts were talking part in a seminar organised by the United Nations Organisation. Representatives of the Hungarian building industry were on hand to advise them how they could adopt the Industrial building techniques in their own countries.
SYNOPSIS: The Hungarian city of Szekesfehervar has a history dating back more than a thousand years. But it was the modern face of the city, and not its historical heritage, that drew an international group of housing experts there on a study tour last week.
The experts are making their tour to find out how the Hungarians have coped with the housing problem. They come from twenty-five developing nations in Asia, Africa and in South and Central America. Their two week-long seminar had been organised by the United Nations Organisation, and they were accompanied by high level officials of French and American building federations.
Leaders of the Hungarian building industry believe the visitors have a great deal to learn from projects such as this one, where high density housing has been provided at a minimal outlay -- an important consideration in developing countries, where needs far outstrip available funds.
Here the secret to the relative cheapness of the newf flats lies in wholly prefabricated sections for building, cutting costs of materials and manpower. Hungary has also has to produce accommodation that is attractive. In recent years, the country has suffered a labour shortage in industry, and good, cheap housing has been necessary to encourage the existing work force to remain in the cities. Hungarian experts say the housing they've produced is long-lasting and reliable -- claims for the visiting delegation to study -- and they've had sufficient funds to make the site more attractive, too.