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Reflections on WA Section
February, 2019 Upgrading and Service Delivery
By Dolly Mdzanga History of WA WA section is an informal settlement located next to a formal area in Khayelitsha with approximately +- 60 houses. This piece of land was a vacant recreational space. Back yarders started the settlement in the early ’90 s and due to the housing ...
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Through Local Eyes – Reflections from an International Conference: Place-based approaches to emerging architectural, urban design, and planning challenges in Africa and the Global South
February, 2019 Conferences
  Claire du Trevou and Dolly Mdzanga, two of PEP’s staff, attended the conference, and both presented pieces of PEP’s work. This blog post is a short synopsis of some of the presentations and lessons gained from the conference. Through Local Eyes was a three day long international conference ...
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THE VALUE OF LIFE SIZE HOUSE MODELS – Reflections on a forgotten practice !
January, 2019 Opinion
By Shawn Cuff – Director People’s Environmental Planning   When the “people’s housing process” (PHP) was introduced 24 years ago, members of the SAHPF (South African Homeless People’s Federation) and many other communities, themselves were at the centre of all decision making related to the own homes. They took ...
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The Wicked Housing Conundrum
May, 2018 Housing
By Astrid Wicht Over the last 35 years I have worked as a social architect, housing and women’s activist, and community development facilitator with communities in urban, small rural town and rural contexts, engaging communities in the participatory design and planning of people’s settlements, housing and community facilities programs ...
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Vukuzenzele: Title hand-over event
April, 2018 Title deeds
Blog by: james Clacherty & Sayak Roy Photos: Kaylin Harrison “You can buy cars, clothes, shoes but you cannot buy a home, you have to make it. The way we all did.” —Vukuzenzele resident on receiving their title “My House! My Home! A legal Home!” On human rights day, the ...
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