Assessing the physical characteristics of medium density mixed housing in South Africa

  • Karina Landman Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), South Africa
  • Gertrude Matsebe Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), South Africa
  • Maema Mmonwa Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), South Africa
Keywords: medium density mixed housing, South Africa, housing development

Abstract

The new housing plan in South Africa promotes the development of medium density and mixed housing developments. The nature and organisation of the physical characteristics of this type of housing has been identified as one of the key factors that could influence the success of these developments. However, while there is a growing need for empirical research in the built environment discipline, there are very few tools or methods for measuring the built environment, especially in terms of the physical design characteristics. In order to address this, a housing measurement tool was developed for assessing the physical characteristics of selected medium density mixed housing developments and determine medium density mixed housing’s relevance for the implementation of the housing plan. It was found that the tool provides a useful mechanism to built environment professionals to assess the physical characteristics of these housing types.

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Published
2009-05-31
Section
Research articles