PROJECT OVERVIEW: The ICA Flexi-shelf project is anUrban agriculture project based in the Katanga informal settlement. It was inspired by an elderly resident who uses her veranda to grow herbs and vegetables for her consumption. ICA saw an opportunity to improve the livelihood of this lady through design, by proposing a way in which her gardening space could be expanded to create a home garden, from which she could increase not only her food supply but her household income as well. The Flexi-shelf was designed and built by the ICA team in partnership with the resident, between January- April 2019. It was successful in it's initial goals for the first two months, providing produce for both consumption and sale. However, security quickly became a challenge, and neighbors began to steal from the garden. Therefore, ICA has decided to extend the ICA Flexi-shelf project to include various households within the settlement with the main aim of creating food security and a sustainable source of income.
CATEGORY: Professional SETTING: Urban STATUS: On-going
BY: ICA (Initiative for Community Architecture)