Overview

Adequate housing is a right of every South African, as stated in the Constitution of the country. The end of Apartheid made socio-economic inclusion a priority on South Africa’s development agenda. The Reconstruction and Development Programme (RDP) is a socio-economic policy framework that aims to ensure people have access to adequate housing. The country’s housing programme has been successful in terms of the number of houses built, but the supply of houses has not been able to keep up with the increase in demand in urban areas.

There is a critical housing shortage in the inner city of Johannesburg and the condition of existing structures is deteriorating. The housing backlog is conservatively estimated at 300,000 units with an average delivery of only 3,500 housing units per year. The unofficial backlog, including those in the “missing middle” of the housing market puts that number far higher.

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South Africa Design Ideas

SA2020-184 Stellenbosch University
SA2020-189 University of Johannesburg
SA2020-191 Stellenbosch University
SA2020-197 Stellenbosch University
SA2020-203 Stellenbosch University
SA2020-204 Stellenbosch University

UK Design Ideas

UK2020-103 University College Dublin
UK2020-140 University of Sheffield
UK2020-155 University of Brighton
US2020-083 Colorado State University

SA2020-184 Stellenbosch University

GROUP 25

There is currently a tremendous amount of homeless people living in Makers Valley, Johannesburg. Housing is a controversial political issue in South Africa. The area of Makers Valley has a large group of African immigrants. The area generally consists of a community with relatively low-middle-income families. New ideas were conducted to overcome this problem. The final design consists of two fixed containers mounted to each other to form a house. The average household in South Africa consists of four people, but this design provides enough space for six people. A built parking space will not be necessary.

SA2020-189 University of Johannesburg

2morrow1st

Makers Valley is one of the older areas within the greater Johannesburg region and as a result of this the state of the existing houses and buildings in Makers Valley is unacceptable due to the buildings either being close to the end of their design lifespan or having already surpassed it. The proposal is to demolish the existing buildings that are unfit and to rebuild using affordable and sustainable building methods.

SA2020-191 Stellenbosch University

Makers Valley Housing Security

The proposed design seeks to provide speedy, reproducible and cost-effective implementation of housing units to meet the increasing housing needs of Makers Valley. There is a strong focus on serving not only the needs of individuals but the community and its culture as a collective. The favoured design was created from an iterative process that took only the best component ideas to assemble a final concept. This concept, we believe, will provide a solution to the housing shortage experienced by the Makers Valley community, and support further growth and change-making initiatives.

SA2020-197 Stellenbosch University

The makers of Makers Valley

Our idea is the base story of an apartment block that shares a common roof but the units are separated. There are also various solar and water initiatives to limit cost and increase the sustainability of the users in Makers Valley.

SA2020-203 Stellenbosch University

Low-Cost Housing Implementation

We have designed a double story household that takes into account the following key aspects, sanitation, disability, population, water scarcity, efficiency and environmental friendliness. Our household design covers most of the current issues faced currently in Makers Valley and provides a long term solution. We have designed a double story household that takes the necessary design considerations to provide the best low-cost housing solution.

SA2020-204 Stellenbosch University

Mzanzi Eco-Home

Addressing the problem of cost-effective, off the grid low-cost housing that is not reliant on pre-existing reticulation services such as electricity, water and sewage as the house will be completely self-sufficient

UK2020-103 University College Dublin

WikiTainer

WikiTainer is an online platform that provides open-source instruction manuals to the public on how to build affordable modular homes from shipping containers. The manuals displayed on the website are created by experts in the field and are designed to be accessible, with options available to customize plans to suit the individuals needs. WikiTainer works in tandem with the local community making use of locally-sourced materials and resources such as Maker’s Valley’s highly skilled workforce and local businesses and tradespeople and in turn the Wikitainer programme gives back to the community by stimulating the local economy.

UK2020-140 University of Sheffield

Creating Affordable and Sustainable Housing in 5 Years through Community Investment for 30 Families with an Annual Income of Less Than ZAR20000

48.2% of South Africans are currently homeless, of which at least 110000 of these individuals are in Johannesburg. This project proposes to take an former industrial building in the suburb of Bertrams and convert it to an apartment complex. The materials of choice are eco-bricks made from non-recyclable plastic waste and concrete containing recycled glass. This would provide affordable and sustainable accommodation for the employees of the various creative enterprises in Maker’s Valley.

UK2020-155 University of Brighton

Solving the housing crisis in Makers Valley

This report focuses on creating a solution for the housing problem that promotes well-being, affordability, sustainability for lower income families. It is said that for every 1 person of housing space, 5 people will occupy the same space in flats and detached homes all of which will be on a low income of 3500R per month. Modular housing was chosen with some design alterations for this task. We also tried to solve other problems within the design such as sanitation and energy efficiency through water irrigation rooftops, substituting materials and increasing insulation effectiveness.

Colorado State University

Communal Housing for the Dense Population of Maker’s Valley Johannesburg

Our design focuses on cheap, modular housing for quick construction in order to provide extra housing space. Our design uses shipping containers designed to house people. The units may stack on each other, and provide shared living spaces similar to dorms on college campus.