The Democracy of Design in South Africa – IDG Connect

South Africa’s low-tech design, the Light House provides innovative solutions to core informal settlement problems.

GIBS Information Centre / GIBSIC‘s insight:

low-cost– “While it might take many decades into South Africa’s budding democracy for these conditions to be reversed, an innovative solution to most of them lies in the form of a low tech design and settlement restructuring project by local sustainability designers Andrew Lord and Stephen Lamb of Touching the Earth Lightly.

Through a community-led design approach, the project aims to upgrade temporary shelters into dignified, inhabitable and safer homes through its pilot prototype the ‘Light House’. The design relies on nature-based, human-hearted design solutions.  According to co-designer of the Light House’, Stephen Lamb; “design is a dialogue between equals. We are just here to facilitate this process. The result is the sum total of the expressions of community need.”

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