There’s a way to sort out lighting in informal settlements
June, 2023 Opinion, Upgrading and Service Delivery
There’s a way to sort out lighting in informal settlements Solar powered public lights are better than high-mast lights, collaborative Cape Town project suggests By Noah Schermbrucker 23 June 2023 Solar-powered lights fixed onto the outside of shacks in informal settlements may be a better option than high-mast lights, ...
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Western Cape has tried a new approach to housing — and it’s bearing fruit
January, 2023 Housing, Opinion, Upgrading and Service Delivery
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 ...
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In conversation with Carl Fredrik Sammeli: Co-Founder of Bitprop.
August, 2020 Opinion
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 ...
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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 Successes and Challenges of working in the context of an In-situ Upgrade: An Architect’s Perspective.
March, 2017 Opinion
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’ ...
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The city vision for Philippi : Where does informality fit in?
January, 2017 Opinion
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 ...
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Are Planning and Land-use Management Policies in Cape Town Inherently Anti-Poor?
image January, 2017 Opinion
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 ...
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