A shack is a type of small, often primitive shelter or dwelling. Like
huts, shacks are constructed by hand using available materials;
however, whereas huts are usually rural and made of natural materials
(mud, rocks, sticks, etc.) shacks are generally composed of scavenged
man-made materials like abandoned construction debris, repurposed
consumer waste and other useful discarded objects that can be quickly
acquired at little or no cost and fashioned into a small dwelling.
In areas of high population density and high poverty, shacks are often
the most prevalent form of housing; it is possible that up to a
billion people worldwide live in shacks. Fire is a significant
hazard in tight-knit shack settlements. Settlements composed mostly
or entirely of shacks are known as slums or shanty towns.
Shacks in Kayamandi, South Africa
In relatively affluent areas, shacks are often used for storage or have been abandoned.
A multi-family shack in a riverside shantytown, Jakarta, Indonesia.
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^ Planet of Slums, Verso, 2006 ^ A Big Devil in the Jondolos: A report on shack fires by Matt Birkinshaw
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