A New Type of Housing Integrated into the Algerian Urban Landscape

Imene DIAF*1,  Assia LIFA1, Brahim BENLAKHLEF2 
* Corresponding author
1 Frères Mentouri University, Faculty of Earth  Sciences, Department of Geography and Land Use Planning, Constantine, ALGERIA
2 University of Constantine, École Normale  Supérieure de Constantine (ENSC), Department of Geography, Constantine, ALGERIA
  diaf_imene@umc.edu.dz0   https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8099-2411 
  assialifa@gmail.com   https://orcid.org/0009-0005-4793-6396
  benlakhlef@yahoo.com  https://orcid.org/0009-0002-3541-7706 
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Abstract. When an urban practice operates outside the normative mechanisms established by public authorities, it is considered informal. Over the course of several years, the Algerian State has undertaken multiple initiatives to combat illegal dwellings, with the primary objective of regularizing these forms of housing without any associated land appropriation. The aim of this research is to analyse the rapid proliferation of the urban fabric in Constantine, which has resulted in the emergence of new forms of unregulated urbanization since the liberalization of the real estate market in 1990. Illicit urban neighbourhoods have formed, characterized by well-constructed houses. The legislative power is currently committed to regularizing the vast majority of these illegal quarters within a few years.

K e y w o r d s: illicit habitat, urban landscape, land market, public policy, Constantine, Algeria