Western Cape has tried a new approach to housing. It’s bearing fruit
Western Cape has tried a new approach to housing. It’s bearing fruit The programme accepts that informal settlements are a major part of our cities By Noah Schermbrucker 13 January 2023 Over the past five years the Western Cape Department of Human Settlements has scaled up its support of ...Read More
In conversation with Carl Fredrik Sammeli: Co-Founder of Bitprop.
By Josiah Sikundla Carl, originally from Sweden has been involved in a number of different construction projects in Cape Town, including the subsidization of title deeds transfer costs for the residents of Vukuzenzele. People’s Environment Planning (PEP) managed to catch up with Carl, and he shared with PEP the ...Read More
THE VALUE OF LIFE SIZE HOUSE MODELS – Reflections on a forgotten practice !
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 ...Read More
The Successes and Challenges of working in the context of an In-situ Upgrade: An Architect’s Perspective.
By Claire de Trevou on behalf of People’s Environmental Planning: Phola park is a dense informal settlement situated on City of Cape Town land in Philippi East, 20 km from the Cape Town CBD. The settlement is located just behind the Philippi Village – ‘an entrepreneurial development with a social impact’ ...Read More
The city vision for Philippi : Where does informality fit in?
By Claire du Trevou: “There is a distinct lack of an overarching ‘master plan’ of sorts for Philippi” 20 km outside of the Cape Town City centre, just south of the Cape Town International Airport, lies Philippi East; the Philippi Horticultural Area’s quiet, industrious neighbour. It’s not a well ...Read More
Are Planning and Land-use Management Policies in Cape Town Inherently Anti-Poor?
Noah Schermbrucker on behalf of People’s Environmental Planning (Opinion Piece): In the last few years a number of flash points have highlighted the unequal ways in which Cape Town continues to develop. Examples include the proposed eviction of tenants in Woodstock and the Council flats which, adjacent to De ...Read More