Better Living Challenge


The BLC2 and Academy IDT focus on real-life challenges faced by informal settlement dwellers

Oct 31, 2017

The BLC2 team has been partnering with a wide range of industry stakeholders to work towards the goal of supporting the incremental upgrading of...

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BLC2 team hosts two workshops on innovative finance prototypes

Oct 25, 2017

One of the three main work streams of the BLC2 is an investigation into innovative finance for upscaling the upgrading of informal settlements and...

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The BLC2 team presents at the Western Cape Government’s ISSP Forum

Oct 20, 2017

The BLC2 team made an important presentation to a group of about fifty officials from non-metropolitan municipalities of the Western Cape on the 18th...

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Living Labs as open design in BLC2

Oct 07, 2017

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...

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Hacking a communication strategy with Fontys and Vega

Sep 20, 2017

The BLC team hosted a five-hour hackathon with students from Vega School and Fontys Academy for Creative Industries (Tilburg, the Netherlands)....

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BLC partners with Aurecon in Passive Design Workshop

Sep 15, 2017

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...

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BLC2 showcases the value of Design-Led approach

Sep 08, 2017

There has been a notable increase in an appetite for a ‘Design-Led approach’ to solve problems and create innovative processes and projects...

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Mapping Project explores the key systems for upgrading informal homes

Aug 23, 2017

Since the launch of the Better Living Challenge (BLC) 2 at the end of June, the BLC team has been working hard on one of its first projects,...

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Second phase of BLC launches with focus on upgrading of informal homes

Jun 30, 2017

The second iteration of the Better Living Challenge (BLC) was officially launched on 30 June at an event hosted by the Cape Craft and Design...

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Jun 28, 2017

One of the first BLC 2 activities began recently with a Design/Build Workshop in collaboration with Craft - the thinking hand design/build school....

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