Saturday, March 11, 2006

Shac Chic?

OK - now that's new to me, a Shack is chic, erm lets see becuase it's quaint?

Chic to live in a tin shack that has an internal tempreture of 45degrees Celcius on a 35 degree day. Or to live in a cold, wet leaky self decorated chic home...

Erm, I think city management are missing the point - I don't think any shack dweller thinks life in the shacks is CHIC...

Tourism Cape Town

The design and construction of buildings today are modern, contemporary and influenced from a number of places around the world. The Cape has also seen a drive to restore many of the older buildings.

In the townships of the Cape, a new form of architecture and design has developed.

This is referred to as shac chic.

Township dwellers use simple materials and waste products to build and decorate their houses. Wallpaper may be made from tin cans or bottle tops while the exterior walls are brightly painted. This is an expression of people's creativity and pride in their community.

This is architecture in true African style... and it is extremely flammable.

See shack fires.


Kaiyuh said...

Shac Sh*t More Like It!

I came across Shac Chic a while ago and thought immediately 'how awful! How typical'! The book is demeaning. It is expensive and will only sit on rich people's living room tables, inviting condescending oohing and aahing about 'how clever those poor poor-people are. Look what they have done with their adverse circumstances.'. So what? What does that matter? Does that make the reality of shack living any better? It does not make shacks less torturous in the heat of the sun, any more resistant against the rain and the accompanying poverty any less grinding. It does not reduce the hunger people feel when there is not money to buy food, the risk of your house burning down or prevent people from ransacking it easily when you are gone. The book obscures the horrors of poverty and presents it sanitised and palatable as a consumer good for the wealthy. Once again 'poor people' and 'poverty' have been produced as exoticized objects to be oggled at by those who, in fact, are complicit in the history of creating that poverty: the rich!

Africannabis said...

Ain't that the truth - Kaiyuh

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