Urban Forum

, Volume 4, Issue 2, pp 55–66 | Cite as

Housing in South Africa

Linking form to delivery process
  • Glen Mills


This paper has covered much ground; first arguing for the calculated, systematic linking of delivery procedures to built forms, and then presenting an outline model for achieving this objective. Specific tasks necessary for the completion of this model were identified.

It was also shown that the link between housing delivery/design options and the formulation of large scale layouts cannot be considered in isolation from the urban grids in which they are situated. The challenge this presents for both the formulation of housing policy and urban development is complex, and in this regard the space syntax technique was briefly shown as one way of rigorously relating layout to functional patterns.

This challenge highlights a simple fact: the potential for housing policy to impact on the attempts to reconstruct the South African city on social, economic and physical levels cannot be overestimated. What is required is not so much a commitment to this principle by means of a policy statement, but techniques for its realisation through policy. The model presented in this paper, however incomplete it may be, is an attempt to make some contribution to that end.


Housing Policy Informal Settlement Urban Forum Spatial Integration Housing Environment 


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