Human Infrastructure - Sustainable Approach to Settlement Upgrade

Published on June 27, 2014 um 13:14

Summary of your idea

Squatter camps in some parts of the world were meant to be make-shift solutions for people on the housing backlog. Failure to reduce the backlog exponentially has resulted in squatter camps being recognised as formal townships. Place transcends the notion of physical entities, the sociology of place deals with systems of social organizations which I call human infrastructure. Land occupation in informal settlements is driven by human needs, rather than the market processes that determine formal urban development patterns. A balance needs to be struck between qualitative and quantitative aspects of place.

Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development

Human infrastructure differs from social networks. You can be part of an infrastructure, but that does not necessarily mean that you are part of the social network. A social network is exclusive, whereas human infrastructure involves both active and passive role players. It is imperative to understand how these different forms of organizations and systems impact on the settlement patterns. If settlement upgrade was to take place they would have to run along the lines and networks of these forms of organizations, In doing so the environment will grow in accordance with the peoples needs and cultural practices.

Plans for implementation and sustainability

±12-million South Africans need better shelter. We will raise ±$945,700 per project (approximately 32 units) from government agencies. We take the risk to build compact and cost effective units so they can qualify for grants. End users will be granted an institutional subsidy from NPOs, who will take the subsidy in their name for 4 years. During that period they must undergo assistance to improve their social & economic status, so that afterwards they can be in a position to afford the whole rent themselves. Ground floor units will be allocated side-walk space on street frontages to spark socio-economic development.

Your profile

I am a 28 year qualified architect and certified property investor. I have 7 years experience in the field of architecture and housing developments, during that time I collaborated with some of the top architectural firms on the continent. I am contributing towards the sustainable development of South African & African cities by engaging in discourse and research on housing, settlement upgrade and inner city regeneration. I have some experience in Africa business development, and am always looking for ways to boost trade and investment on the African continent with the help of local investment facilitation agencies.

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Stage of Idea

conceptual stage, planning stage, start-up stage

Your idea has a positive impact on

environment, poverty reduction, other: housing

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July 13, 2014 03:57

Bravely go toward! I encourage you.

July 1, 2014 19:45

good idea. i give you my vote

July 1, 2014 15:37

Thanks Patricia!

Thanks alot really are an inspiration! am glad that you believe in my vision.

July 1, 2014 14:36

You have my vote!

July 1, 2014 09:03

Today nearly one billion people live in "slums" worldwide. This has become the norm rather than the exception and has therefore eroded our notion of what the city is. The discourse of the global city can no longer exclude and is no longer separate from the informal one.

With a large percentage of the urbanization in the world today happening informally it is mandatory to fight for the rights for shelter and rights to the city, with the aims of environmental management and a more inclusive and equitable urbanism and development. Responding to the current increase in urbanization architecture can no longer simply concern the materiality of inhabited space (urbs) but needs to recognize that the acts of building and claiming space are politically charged acts that define the political status and the right to the city of its inhabitants (civitas). Thus, a redefinition, reevaluation, and reconfiguration of strategies of intervention in the city are essential.

I hope you get more votes for your idea.

July 1, 2014 06:08


June 28, 2014 11:00

Thank you guys!

June 28, 2014 08:15

Good idea
and Good luck

June 27, 2014 20:43

Nix idea