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 InternAfrica.org shack fires.