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Title:Function and creativity in architecture: a value management perspective
Author:Fitchett, Anne
Periodical:Urban Forum
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:popular participation
housing policy
Abstract:Few people would question that architecture is a creative discipline, and that function is a necessary part of the design and implementation of architectural works, but the nature and effectiveness of its approach to both creative and pragmatic thought is questionable. The field of low-cost construction, specifically that of housing, is one of the most urgent issues in post-1994 South Africa. Housing types, methods of construction and estate layouts have progressed little from the notorious 'townships' of the apartheid regime. Low-cost housing in South Africa has almost invariably been provided in a 'top-down' paternalistic fashion. Most of the traditional parties involved acknowledge the importance of consulting with landowners, government bodies and the end users, but suffer from lack of negotiation skills. This paper advocates value management procedures as a solution to the problem. In a value management workshop, all key players are brought into the process in a nonhierarchical form. In this way, sponsor, end user, designer, cost controller, builder and public authorities can bring their special knowledge and needs to the discussion. Bibliogr., notes, ref.