Design as instrument in transformation : settlement as empowerment opportunity for socio-economic development.

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dc.contributor.other IAHS World Congress on Housing (33rd : 2005 : Pretoria, South Africa) 2009-06-04T12:45:40Z 2009-06-04T12:45:40Z 2005-09
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dc.description.abstract Paper presented at the XXXIII IAHS World Congress on Housing, 27-30 September 2005,"Transforming Housing Environments through Design", University of Pretoria. en_US
dc.description.abstract As the physical manifestation of a set of power relations, space represents perhaps, the greatest legacy of the apartheid state. The Afrikaner nationalist government's policy of 'setting apart' contributed in constructing a built environment that was characterised by both segregation and a concomitant absence of diversity. State agencies, such as the [NBRI] National Building Research Institute, produced impoverished dwelling environments which conflicted with the culture and practices of local/black people. Originating in a desire for justice and democracy, the 9th statement of the Freedom Charter, 'there shall be housing, security and comfort'; aspires toward a more equitable society in which difference comfortably co-exists. Despite the claims embedded in various policy driven initiatives of the post apartheid African National Congress government, the current delivery of housing in South Africa remains a quantitative and reductive endeavour. The approach privileges a policy driven, economic-quantitative housing model and realises impoverished living environments for poor communities. Currently, contemporary society is faced with multiple contradictions. Whereas globalisation elevates a singular purpose of economic utility, [re]claiming local practice may afford a basis for both a redress of past injustice and the reconstructing of civil society. As the imperative to deliver vast numbers of houses grows by the day, the interpretation of traditional values becomes increasingly threatened. Contemporary projects that mediate these pervasive extremes have enabled the design of hybrid housing solutions which simultaneously attend to the contingencies of local dwelling practice and the strictures of economic necessity. This paper will examine the enabling capacity of [architectural] design in attending to the conflicting rationalities of economic utilitarianism and the social practice[s] of dwelling. The research will critically examine selected ‘non-mainstream’ housing interventions where design has significantly contributed toward the production of socio-economic opportunity. Through an analysis of spatial configuration, it is intended to contribute knowledge to current debate on the role of design and experimentation, and broaden government’s agenda of constructing HOMES; 'human settlement' as opposed to HOUSES through delivery. en
dc.format.extent Presentation consists of 9 pages. en_US
dc.format.medium This paper was transformed from the original CD ROM created for this conference. The material on the CD ROM was published using Adobe Acrobat technology. en_US
dc.identifier.citation Low, I 2005, 'Design as instrument in transformation : settlement as empowerment opportunity for socio-economic development.', paper presented at XXXIII IAHS World Congress on Housing 2005 - Transforming Housing Environments through Design (HUE), University of Pretoria. en_US
dc.identifier.isbn 1-86854-627-6
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher IAHS en_US
dc.rights Copyright shared by: International Association for Housing Science, Coral Gables/Miami, Florida 33134, USA University of Pretoria (UP), Hillcrest, Pretoria 0002, South Africa en_US
dc.subject Space and transformation en
dc.subject Design instrumentation agency en
dc.subject Transformation en
dc.subject Socio-economic development en
dc.subject Impoverished dwelling environments en
dc.subject Equitable society en
dc.subject Hybrid housing solutions en
dc.subject.lcsh Housing -- Design and construction -- Congresses en
dc.subject.lcsh House construction -- Congresses en
dc.subject.lcsh Architecture, Domestic -- Political aspects -- Congresses en
dc.subject.lcsh Space (Architecture) -- Congresses en
dc.subject.lcsh Domestic space -- Congresses en
dc.subject.lcsh Poverty -- Congresses en
dc.subject.lcsh Home -- Congresses en
dc.subject.lcsh Social settlements -- Congresses en
dc.title Design as instrument in transformation : settlement as empowerment opportunity for socio-economic development. en_US
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dc.type Presentation en_US

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