About Ned Levine Photographic Collection of Housing and Population

Ned Levine is an urban researcher who lives in Houston, Texas, with more than 50 years in academia and professional practice.  Research interests include housing development, particularly in developing countries, and human adaption to these environments.  These photographic collections of urban environments were taken between 1968 and 1989 in six different developing countries: Turkey, Trinidad, Tahiti, Singapore, Jamaica, and Egypt. The aim was to show the diversity of housing, both in terms of ‘formal’ housing development as well as the informal development that frequently occurs in many countries.  A final aim was to show the people who inhabit these places; housing by itself means little without considering the people who live in it. (more)

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Ankara, Turkey

These slides of housing and population of Ankara, Turkey were taken mostly between 1968 and 1976 with a few additional slides being taken in 1989.  Most of the photographs were taken by me but a few were taken by John Clark, formerly of Harvard University.  The photographs are structured to represent the different...

Cairo, Egypt

These 137 slides are of Cairo and the satellite city of 6th Of October that were taken in 1989 on a short visit. Cairo is the largest city in Egypt.  Its population is subject to some debate, but officially the metropolitan region has more than 17 million persons, though some sources put it at greater than 20 million.  In 1989...

Ocho Rios, Jamaica

These slides of housing and population were taken in Ocho Rios, Jamaica in 1982.  Ocho Rios is a town on the northern coast of Jamaica.  It is known most as a tourist location and a port for loading ships with sugar and limestone.  Searches of Ocho Rios on the Internet typically show a beautiful harbor, elegant hotels,...

Papeete, Tahiti

These slides of housing and population were taken in Papeete, Tahiti in 1982.  Papeete is the capital of French Polynesia, a collection of islands in the south Pacific under the control of France, and is located on the island of Tahiti.  The population of French Polynesia in 2012 was 268,270, of which about half lived in the...


These slides are of Singapore urban development and were taken in 1984.  Singapore was occupied by the Japanese during World War II and had experienced some damage from their, and subsequent Allied, bombing raids. Prior to the war, the population of Singapore had exploded creating very dense living conditions.  After the war,...


These slides of housing and population were taken in Trinidad in 1979.  The majority of the population of Trinidad lives in an east-west orientation in the northern part of the island from Port of Spain, the capital, on the western side to Manzanilla Bay on the eastern side.  A major highway – the Eastern Main Road, connects...



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