Category: Essential posts

The improvable house as a self-baked fruitcake: Part 2, the ingredients

19 March, 2013 (09:28) | building technology, Essential posts, home improvement, Housing, Innovations, Philanthropy, self-building, Slums, South Africa, Technology |

[Continued from yesterday's Part 1.]   By:David A. Smith   Yesterday’s post, using as a convenient seed an upbeat article from CNN (January 8, 2013), introduced the concept of a core house, plus technological gadgets, as an improvable ‘fruitcake house’.  Construction of a basic core house, with a malleable or modifiable material for walls and […]

The improvable house as a self-baked fruitcake: Part 1, the recipe

18 March, 2013 (15:52) | building technology, Essential posts, home improvement, Housing, Innovations, Philanthropy, self-building, Slums, South Africa, Technology |

By:David A. Smith   While for some of us a house is a completed product, something we buy one day and use the next (after enduring the travails of moving), but that’s an illusion, as even our completed house begins changing the day we move in – and for most of the world, a home […]

Six words to AHI’s philosophy: Part 3, formalize informality

21 September, 2012 (10:00) | AHI, Essential posts, Global news, HALF, Housing, Housing Finance, informality, MEEs, Microfinance, Slum upgrading, Slums, Theory, Urbanization, World Bank |

By:David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday's Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.]   As I had shown so far in my fifteen minute talk at the World Bank’s Fifth Global Housing Finance Conference in Washington DC (here’s the full presentation, link in pdf), informality is the norm in rapidly growing global-south cities.  So […]

Six words to AHI’s philosophy: Part 2, underwrite durability

20 September, 2012 (10:00) | AHI, Essential posts, Global news, HALF, Housing, Housing Finance, informality, MEEs, Microfinance, Slum upgrading, Slums, Theory, Urbanization, World Bank |

By:David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday's Part 1.]   Back in late May, at the World Bank’s Fifth Global Housing Finance Conference in Washington DC, I had fifteen minutes to describe AHI’s theory of impact in housing finance and slum upgrading, and somehow I managed to distill my full presentation (link in pdf) into […]

Six words to AHI’s philosophy: Part 1, underwrite informality

19 September, 2012 (12:34) | AHI, Essential posts, Global news, HALF, Housing, Housing Finance, informality, MEEs, Microfinance, Slum upgrading, Slums, Theory, Urbanization, World Bank |

By:David A. Smith   A month ago, at the World Bank’s Fifth Global Housing Finance Conference in Washington DC, I delivered (link in pdf) what may prove the most significant talk I’ve ever given.   Six words and then some   The talk was important not precisely for its content, although that will be the […]