Capacity building and appropriate technology: Application to building & construction in a developing economy
This paper examines the fundamental principles underlying development in terms of building of capacity for production, creation of wealth, and the development of infrastructure as the foundation of sustainable industrialization. Using copious illustrations, it tries to show that Research and Development (R & D) efforts must be geared towards widespread acquisition of technological skills through familiarity with machines (principles and practice - both) as the basis of technological/industrial empowerment and sustainable development. It further argues that, in the construction industry, the perennial search for cheap building materials is misplaced. Emphasis should be placed on the development of high-value, high-performance building components, married with technique-mode building systems and industrial methods for high productivity and cost efficiency.