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The engineering benefits of urban densification

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dc.contributor.advisor Dr. Theunis J. Kruger; Prof. Johannes Haarhoff en_US
dc.contributor.author Van der Walt, Tjaart Andries
dc.date.accessioned 2012-09-12T08:17:20Z
dc.date.available 2012-09-12T08:17:20Z
dc.date.issued 2012-09-12
dc.date.submitted 1999
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10210/7557
dc.description M.Phil. en_US
dc.description.abstract In order for developers to provide reasonable engineering services as well as a liveable dwelling unit within the existing housing subsidy, a substantial increase in residential density is required. Increased urban densities will decrease engineering services costs due to a greater sharing ability. This study was undertaken in order to quantify the benefits of urban densification on engineering services. The financial problems of Local Authorities in South Africa due to the entrenched culture of non-payment for services, is causing a rapid decline in the sustainability of engineering services due also to low, or non-existent maintenance. The "housing" currently delivered, its nature and continued sustainability are being severely criticized. Few differences exist between the housing currently being delivered and those provided under the previous government. Houses are provided in areas on affordable land normally far from the work place. The type of housing being constructed consists mostly of the single storey, free standing units on separate erven. These types of developments encourage urban sprawl, require very expensive engineering services and discourage the establishment of an economic public transport system. Possible solutions to the workforce/job opportunity problem include mixed land use and residential densification. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Population density - South Africa en_US
dc.subject Engineering - South Africa en_US
dc.subject Housing - South Africa en_US
dc.title The engineering benefits of urban densification en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US

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