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Urban Think Tank Introduces the Empower Shack to the Slums of Western Cape

Urban Think Tank Introduces the Empower Shack to the Slums of Western Cape | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

International studio Urban Think Tank are currently exhibiting the ‘empower shack‘ in zurich. The project is developed as an adapting response to urban informality, offering not only improved housing but a strategy that allows the citizens of self-built urban communities to dynamically structure their urban environment as an instant response to their needs.

An economical protoype two story metal-clad modular structure can be self-built. Each home is allotted a determined amount of space that allows the structure to expand as the inhabitants need it, still fitting within a more organized framework. Transsolar has also made it possible to incorporate solar energy on every rooftop.

The ongoing project is intended to alleviate the housing crisis in informal settlements during a time when the government has begun incrementally improving the housing situation.

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David Week's curator insight, August 12, 2014 6:01 PM

Architects still don't get it. Poor people don't need their designs. They aren't poor because they don't have good housing. They don't have good housing because they are poor. And given access to funds, they will build houses that are twice as appropriate for half the cost (at most) of any architect-designed "intervention".

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National Planning Policy Framework - Planning, building and the environment

National Planning Policy Framework - Planning, building and the environment | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

The National Planning Policy Framework was published on 27 March 2012. This is a key part of our reforms to make the planning system less complex and more accessible, to protect the environment and to promote sustainable growth.

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