Settlements

Earth construction methods for a community hall in Carnarvon Masters student,

Olivier, S (2010), Earth construction methods for a community hall in Carnarvon Masters student, Department of Architecture, University of the Free State. Powerpoint presentation. Click here to download    

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Low-income housing policy in practice in arid and semi-arid South Africa

Marais L, Cloete, J, Matabesi Z, Sigenu K, Van Rooyen D (2010). Low-income housing policy in practice in arid and semi-arid South Africa: Policy lessons and implications. Journal of Arid Environments, 74: 1340-1344. Article can be accessed at: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S014019631000090X   Abstract The paradigms in respect of arid areas have shifted from efforts to prevent desertification […]

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Revalidating vernacular techniques for a sustainable built environment by way of selected examples in the Eastern Cape

Steenkamp, C (2012), Revalidating vernacular techniques for a sustainable built environment by way of selected examples in the Eastern Cape, Masters in Architecture thesis, University of the Free State.   Abstract Hassan Fathy, an Egyptian architect, held that architects are in a unique position to revive people’s faith in their own culture, and if, as […]

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The Benefits of Applying Vernacular Indigenous Building Techniques in Human Settlements

Steenkamp, C & Whitfield, KP (2012), The Benefits of Applying Vernacular Indigenous Building Techniques in Human Settlements: The Case of uMasizakhe Township, Graaff-Reinet, Eastern Cape,. Human Settlements Review, Vol. 2. No 2   Abstract  The South African government has embarked on providing housing for the country‟s poor and underprivileged populace through the Reconstruction and Development […]

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Urbanisation and the future urban agenda in South Africa

Atkinson, D and Marais, L (2006), “Urbanisation and the future urban agenda in South Africa” in Democracy and Delivery: Urban policy in South Africa, edited by Richard Tomlinson and Udesh Pillay, Human Sciences Research Council, Pretoria. The book can be downloaded for free at: http://www.hsrcpress.ac.za/product.php?productid=2153   Democracy and Delivery: Urban Policy in South Africa tells the […]

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Water provision in rural areas and informal settlements

Cloete, T.E and Pootinga, I (2008), Water provision in rural areas and informal settlements and meeting the millennium development goals, in in ASSAF (Academy of Science of South Africa), Local Economic Development in Small Towns, Housing Delivery and Impact on the Environment, Pretoria. Introduction Water is unlike other scarce natural resources. It underpins all aspects […]

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