Better Living Challenge


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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BLC trails small scale builders to gather key information

Jun 15, 2017

The BLC recently undertook an initiative to gather key information which involved trailing small scale builders to gain an understanding of the local...

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Better Living Challenge 2 hosts hackathon

May 20, 2017

The BLC partnered with Vega School in Cape Town and the Dutch university Fontys Academy for Creative Industries (Fontys ACI) in May to host a...

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BLC and CRAFT Design/Build School team up to offer new workshop

Apr 10, 2017

Calling all built environment professionals and community builders! The BLC is hosting a workshop in collaboration with non-profit organisation CRAFT...

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Kelly Arendse joins CCDI as BLC 2 project manager

Dec 15, 2016

The CCDI has welcomed Kelly Arendse as the new project manager for BLC 2 – she brings with her a wealth of experience in architecture, design...

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We’re launching BLC round two soon!

Dec 14, 2016

The second round of the BLC aims to demonstrate how a design process can deliver innovations to improve self-build processes. We are concluding a...

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It’s a wrap for BLC round one!

Dec 14, 2016

We’ve come to the close of the support to BLC 1 winners, and they have made tremendous progress in 2016 with their innovations! Lumkani – Fire...

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Meet the new BLC research team

May 30, 2016

We are ramping  up our activities in preparation for the launch of the Better Living Challenge 2 in August this year - meet the research team at...

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