Zimbabwe: How to make social housing livable
- Dear Masimba Biriwasha,
Thank you again for writing to us from Zimbabwe. I am inspired by your
good and brave heart.
Yes, Nikos is interested that you write us about the social housing
situation in Zimbabwe. What are you observing and concluding? Please
write to our Holistic Helping group. Masimba, I hope to work with you.
I look forward to our work evolving. How can we support you as an
I have set up a wiki page for social housing here:
Meanwhile, I alert Michael Mehaffy to our work for Nikos to organize and
promote the pattern language community and Nikos's upcoming book "A
Theory of Architecture" which will be available at
http://www.umbau-verlag.com We have set up
http://www.patternlanguages.info and we're assembling at
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/globalvillages/ (send a blank message to
firstname.lastname@example.org to subscribe). I am glad to
find Michael's "Notes on an Incomplete Architecture"
in Velenje, Slovenia today
Nikos A. Salingaros wrote:
> Hello Andrius;
> This looks to be very interesting. I don't know whether I can use it,
> but I would like to receive any information from Mr. Biriwasha, and
> also a copy sent to my colleague Michael Mehaffy michael dot. mehaffy
> at gmail dot. com Could you please ask Mr. Biriwasha to send us his
> description of what is going on in Zimbabwe?
> On Fri, 23 Jun 2006, Andrius Kulikauskas wrote:
>> masimba biriwasha wrote:
>>> Dear Andrius,
>>> In reference to the discussion below, I just want to
>>> find out whwther Nikos Salingaros will be interested
>>> in doing some write up on Zimbabwe.
>>> We have interesting (weell sad) developments over the
>>> past two years with regards housing for the poor.
>>> Government, last year, demolished all the shanties in
>>> the urban areas of Zimbabwe, leaving over 700,000
>>> people homeless. The argument of government was that
>>> it wanted to make housing livable for the poor.
>>> Now, they are in the process of constructing low-cost
>>> housing for the poor.
>>> The level of the destruction of shanties is
>>> incidentally the biggest in the world.
>>> If Nikos is interested on more information, I need to
>>> know what exactly he is looking for, otherwise
>>> Zimbabwe makes an interesting case in this respect.
>>> Thank You
>>> God Bless
>>> Masimba Biriwasha