Negotiating difference in post-apartheid housing design

Kai Wood Mah & Patrick Lynn Rivers (2013). Negotiating difference in post-apartheid housing design. African Identities, Volume 11,  Issue 3, pages 290-303

This article considers the visual qualities of design practice in post-apartheid housing for the poor. We specifically address the visual power of social mapping within the context of a ‘coloured’ housing development in the Cape Town suburb of Mitchells Plain. Considering South Africa’s history, expanded design practice helps to commence the undoing of apartheid’s embedded and lingering impact by mitigating power differentials between planners and designers, on the one hand, and informal housing residents, on the other.

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Publication Type Journal
Publisher African Identities (Taylor and Francis)
Year 2013
Author(s) Kai Wood Mah, Patrick Lynn River
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