Old Naledi: The Village Becomes a Town
An Outline of the Old Naledi Squatter Upgrading Project, Gaborone, Botswana
Faced with conditions of rapid industrialization and urbanization, and a consequent shortage of low-income housing, the Government of Botswana realized the potential for existing squatter settlements to serve as sound urban communities. The rights of existing residents were validated by facilitating access to legal land tenure and basic physical and social services. In the process, a balance was struck between traditional and contemporary forms of settlement, resulting in reduced costs, increased affordability, and the creation of an effective framework for the self-achievement of kagisano--"constructed peace" or "social harmony."
Old Naledi: The Village Becomes a Town is a facinating and well-illustrated account of a bold experiment in Southern urban planning and development.
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