Urban Design Principles for Low Cost Housing on a Micro-level of Planning: The Case of Turflaagte

By Maléne Campbell and Zouna Meades.

Published by The International Journal of the Constructed Environment

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Our urban places, villages, towns, cities and metropolises are built slowly and by many hands. Planning them is not an exact art and the results vary: the importance of man’s primary habitation is that in the end through observation, anticipation of change and speculation we must plan wherever possible to improve the eventual outcome for us all.

With increased involvement in the decision making process, the accountability of communities in the process of housing delivery will also increase. An environment conducive to all parties meeting their obligations must be created, if sustainable development is to be achieved.

Turflaagte was researched as a case study. This informal settlement was identified by the local municipality to be upgraded. Turflaagte is a previously disadvantaged area on the outskirts of Mangaung, a middle-sized city in the centre of South Africa. The community of Turflaagte has the potential to become a thriving, dynamic and sustainable human settlement.

Keywords: Sustainability, Micro-level Planning, Urban Design, Community Needs, Sociological Impact, Long Term Solutions

The International Journal of the Constructed Environment, Volume 1, Issue 2, pp.29-46. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 551.322KB).

Dr. Maléne Campbell

Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, Free State, South Africa

Maléne Campbell (PhD) is a professional Town and Regional Planner with 28 years experience. She worked both in private and public sector and has been teaching at the University of the Free State (South Africa) for the past 13 years while doing research on sustainable human settlements.

Zouna Meades

Junior Town Planner / Junior Lecturer, Junior Town Planner - Bopa Lesedi Management Consultants, Junior Lecturer - Department of Natural and Agricultural Sciences, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, Free State, South Africa

I studied Architecture and obtained my degree in 2007, from there I did my Honneurs and Masters in Town and Regional Planning which I obtained in 2008 and 2009 accordingly. Throughout my studies I worked in Marketing (from there interest in social impacts sparked) and later as a Junior Town Planner at Bopa Lesedi Management Consultants, projects there included designing and building alternative low cost housing and community facilities. This was done under the Free State Provincial Government’s project Operation Hlasela (Attack Poverty). In 2010 I started as a Junior Lecturer at the University of the Free State as a CAD lecturer due to my background in Architecture. I intend to do my PhD in a year or two, providing I get exposed to different views on housing, architecture, planning and sustainability. In South Africa there is a need for alternative means to and end, and I intend to have some, even if it is small, contribution to this. “Be the Change you want to see in the World”.