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10 x 10 Low-Cost Housing Project

10 x 10 Low-Cost Housing Project

Design Indaba 10×10 Low-Cost Housing offers affordable, attractive and innovative responses to the urgent need to house the urban poor.

Low-cost housing is an issue of huge social relevance in South Africa, and indeed globally. Statistically it is significant that, for the first time in history, over 50% of the world’s population now reside in urban areas. The impact of this is particularly visible in South Africa’s townships and the urban sprawl of informal settlements around cities.

Launched at Design Indaba 2007, the 10×10 Low-Cost Housing Project challenged 10 architectural teams from South Africa, supported by 10 prominent international architects, to provide innovative and dynamic design solutions for the low-cost housing sector.

The first qualifying solution came from Luyanda Mpahlwa of MMA Architects. MMA’s design for a single-family home leveraged the tight budget by borrowing elements from indigenous mud-and-wattle building techniques. In 2008, MMA’s design won the international Curry Stone Design Prize, which recognises creative solutions with the power to improve the world in which we live.

Design Indaba constructed ten such houses in Freedom Park, a township in greater Cape Town, with materials sponsored by PG Bison/Pennypinchers.


2007 to 2010


Freedom Park, Cape Town

emergency, housing