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PEP Attends CSIR’s “Off the Wall” Conference
February, 2019 Uncategorized
By Noah Schermbrucker On February 7th and 8th PEP attended the CSIR‘s “Off the Wall” Conference in Pretoria. The event showcased innovative products and systems in the low-income housing sector with a wide-variety of company’s presenting products – from waterless sanitation to innovative building materials, fire extinguishers and sanitation ...
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Reflections on WA Section
February, 2019 Uncategorized
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 Uncategorized
  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 Eyeswas a three day long international conference held ...
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THE VALUE OF LIFE SIZE HOUSE MODELS – Reflections on a forgotten practice !
January, 2019 Uncategorized
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
image May, 2018 Uncategorized
By Astrid Wicht  – May 2018 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 ...
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