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Learning from the late architect, Renée Gailhoustet

Such an interesting evening learning about Gailhoustet’s work and the barriers she had to overcome to deliver her complex vision of affordable housing. Nichola Barrington-Leach’s six-week residency in Paris provided an in-depth analysis of Gailhoustet’s ambitious projects.   It was accompanied by two very interesting presentations;   Alison Crawshaw’s work to repurpose redundant carparking on…

SAIA KZN Student Grants 2024

Another amazing presentation of bursaries to post-graduate students of architecture. Following the sad loss of our inspirational lecturer, this event was combined with an exhibition of Professor Rodney Harber’s work. The exhibition at the SAIA KZN will be on until the end of April 2024. YouTube video link

Forgotten Generation

The housing industry needs to do more to help younger working people with their housing needs. The current system is letting them down and it is negatively effecting productivity and their life chances. This article for Red Brick, illustrates the housing affordability difficulties they face.

Average UK rents hit record highs in London, as house prices drop – is it time for generation rent to move on up?

Rents across the UK are soaring at their fastest pace in years. New data from Rightmove reported that average rent for properties across Britain had hit new record highs, most notably in London, where the average rent now stands at £2,500 per month. The market has reached a point where rents and mortgage payments are…

Phoenix sustainable development

It will be very interesting to see how this this highly sustainable development evolves. It is the right way to go about development and includes all the aims that we at Mix have championed including health & wellbeing, the Circular Economy and access. The brownfield site, formally an industrial estate on 7.9 hectares will aim…

SAIA Bursary Fund

It was an honour to speak at the inaugural presentation of bursaries to eight inspirational architecture students at Durban University of Technology and University of KwaZulu-Natal. I wish them and their fellow students all the best for their studies and careers ahead. A special thank you to my dear friend Ruben Reddy (President of the SAIA),…

Bursary funding

Thank you to everyone who got my bursary funding for architecture students at the University of Kwazulu-Natal up and running. Knowing what it was like to struggle financially as a student, I wanted to ensure that people in a similar situation were given a helping hand to realise their dreams. I would like to particularly…

Meeting housing demand

The recently published House of Lords’ report “Meeting Housing Demand” highlights the dearth of SME housebuilders noting that if the substantial housing demand is to be met, they need to be supported. For us the four most important requirements are; Access to land and opportunities that suit the needs and capacity of SMEs Access to…

First Homes scheme launches

It is fantastic news to hear that the government is adopting Mix’s housing model and offering discounted homes to lower earning people. To maintain the affordability, the discounts need to be balanced against incomes, which is why we devised the tiered income system. Mix welcomes the move and we invite developers and housing providers to…