Low cost and sustainability are very often not associated with one another. Low cost, integrated and sustainable deployments are, however, possible – if they are planned holistically from day one.
Integration is much more than just the integration of residential typologies (i.e. single storey with multi-storey walk-up units or residential with commercial/retail opportunities). It is also more than just integrating fully-, partially- and non-subsidised residential units into the same property development. True integration is established when you afford a community opportunity to integrate in a well planned and structured urban environment irrespective of their income group, race, political views, background, social status etc.
The objective with integration from a town planning perspective should be to allow for a variety of choices for individuals to choose their level of participation in the community. “Upward Mobility” should always from part of any integrated residential development.
Upward Mobility is when an individual starts out in the most affordable, fully- or partially subsidised residential unit, and as they are able to progress in life and their financial means increase, they can move to a larger, more expensive residential unit within the same community. This is important as it allows an individual or family to stay within their chosen community where they have settled down for an extended period of time – or even their entire lives.
Sustainability is the more difficult objective to accomplish but can be achieved if the dynamics involved in an integrated residential development is fully understood. Short term cross subsidisation planned correctly will lead to long term sustainability.
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Tinus is a registered Professional Town Planner with the South African Council for Planners and a registered Professional Member of Project Management South Africa. Tinus founded RedCubed in 2017 after spending 10 years with a leading property development company where he was the Head of Professional Services.