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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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Vukuzenzele: Title hand-over event
April, 2018 Uncategorized
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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Upscaling City-wide Informal Settlement Upgrading in South Africa: A Programme Management Toolkit for Metros in South Africa.
January, 2018 Uncategorized
By Claire du Trevou:   In December 2017, the Cities Support Programme hosted a consultative workshop entitled “Upscaling City-wide Informal Settlement Upgrading in South Africa; A Programme Management Toolkit for Metros in South Africa” where the major South African Metros were introduced to the recently developed toolkit, which aims ...
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Vukuzenzele Mapping Workshop with UCT Environmental and Geographical Science Students
November, 2017 Uncategorized
By Emma Goodwin on behalf of People’s Environmental Planning:   Over the course of the last month, PEP organised a series of workshops with second year UCT environmental and geographical science students in Vukuzenzele. PEP has a long historical association with the residents of Vukuzenzele and our work in ...
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PEP Submission for Affordable Housing Exhibition
November, 2017 Uncategorized
By Claire du Trevou: In August 2017, THE ARCHITECT pop up gallery at Cape Institute for Architecture planned an exhibition about affordable mixed-income housing. The intention of the exhibition was to showcase both built and imagined affordable housing developments in Cape Town. People’s Environmental Planning decided to create and submit a small case study which ...
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