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stitching the urban divide: inclusive inner-city housing+

The dominance of a market driven city has the capability to marginalise lower income groups from affordable housing in well-located inner-city areas. This dissertation interrogates the question of HOW can Cape Town inner-city housing be made inclusive. The scope investigates the opportunities of an inclusive assemblage practice, collection of people(actants) involved in tackling the issue of housing.

The focus is heavily rooted in theoretical writings, social justice, contextual precedent studies, incorporating progressive private and public venture options while tapping into multiple scales of economy. It is therefore instinctive through infrastructural mediations to encourage active social and economic participation for the growth of an urban inclusive city.

The critique of modern mass housing production is a critical dialogue in unearthing exclusionary decision-making factors of the user in the process of housing into a home. The proposition is to design spaces that are a medium for a wide range of uses and function. The thesis touches upon the theme of “essence and potential” in the exploration of the familiar yet the overlooked and much neglected space.

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