How might we enable the incremental upgrading of informal settlements - improving the comfort and quality of life of over 850 000 people that live in them in the Western Cape?
Running over a 5 year period, the Better Living Challenge is made up of a series of challenges that aim to surface design innovations that support the improvement of the living conditions of low-income communities. The Better Living Challenge 1 ran from 2014 - 2016 and focussed on innovative home improvement products. The Better Living Challenge 2 runs from 2016 - 2018, and will explore ways of supporting incremental upgrading of homes. The Better Living Challenge 2 follows a design approach, a problem-solving process based on understanding users’ needs, co-creating solutions, and bringing together people from diverse disciplines to find new ways of tackling tough problems.
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The BLC2 has adopted as one its programmes Living Labs in supporting the goal of having greater impact on the lives of informal settlement residents...Read More
The BLC team hosted a five-hour hackathon with students from Vega School and Fontys Academy for Creative Industries (Tilburg, the Netherlands)....Read More
One of the key outcomes of the Needs Analysis phase of BLC2 was the identification of a need for toolkits to support NGO intermediaries, small scale...Read More