Building Houses into Homes: Essential Networks and Informal Living in Cape Town, South Africa
This study explores the potential assets of informal living as a consequence of historical spatial planning and urbanization in Cape Town South Africa. Micro realities of informal living are illustrated against a backdrop of wider socio-political policies that effectively produce informal settlements through arguably flawed housing delivery systems. Qualitative interviews conducted across a small but varied sample depict a strong sense of community and partnership where residents can turn to family or community members to help strengthen their abilities and to build not just houses by homes. Informal townships are described as having unique elements, activities, successes and problems requiring distinct approaches and solutions. Each household has its own unique concerns, needs, and abilities that require a variety of approaches aside from what is provided through the housing subsidy. The common thread made evident throughout the historical literature and primary data collection is the determination and capacity for resiliency among even the most disadvantageous populations. It is this resiliency that may prove to be the critical factor in building sustainable communities with room to grow.
ForlagUniversitetet i Tromsø
University of Tromsø
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