Schubart Park: A South African Experiment in State-Sponsored Social Housing Concepts and the Urban Renewal of Pretoria

Schubart Park (1965 – 1976) was a South African state-sponsored mass housing project, initiated by the Nationalist government (1948 – 1994) and the city council of Pretoria, in the zeitgeist of post-war housing solutions. This scheme was partly influenced by British legislative practices and inspired by various international examples of welfare-state responses to urban housing crises. This paper investigates the timeline of a South African mass-housing experiment, forming an ambitious and wide-ranging urban renewal vision for the western quadrant of the historical centre of Pretoria, and one of the very few government-sponsored mass housing estates in South Africa during the 20th century ever fully realised.


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