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ARCHITECTURE FOR A CHANGE / SOUTH AFRICA: MAMELODI POD, PRETORIA, 2013 South Africa has 2,700 unplanned slums, the socalled townships, with millions of residents living without basic facilities such as clean water and electricity. The Mamelodi Pod is a small home – prefabricated at low cost – which is easy to assemble. With its size and choice of material – zinc – it recalls the informal houses in the slums. The slum houses are mostly built with pieces of zinc, found and assembled as well as possible, and the houses stand directly on the grounds without foundations. This creates great problems during heavy rainfalls, so the Mamelodi Pod is built on poles, with insulation of walls, ceiling and floors to protect the insides from both cold and heat. With the aid of solar energy the small home is self-sufficient in electricity, and on the roof there is a rainwater tank with a capacity of a 1,000 litres of water. JOHANNESBURG 101


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