The response to this African urban explosion must not be more unplanned and
poorly serviced developments. Africa should
also not repeat the mistakes of many European and
American cities that allowed the development of social enclaves, which
proceeded to become the source of insecurity, social tension and frustration
for the low-income population.
Instead, the demand for housing should be met through the
development of suburban, mixed income communities that offer a healthy,
social environment and economic opportunities to residents.
The vision of Urbanis Africa is to enable ordinary Africans, most of whom
are active in the informal sector, to acquire a house within their financial
means and raise their families in a safe, clean and healthy environment,
with access to world-class education and economic opportunities.
doing, Urbanis aims to achieve social, environmental and financial returns
in its developments.
Urbanis Africa contributes to resolving the problem of
affordable housing in Africa using the following:
We apply cross subsidization between middle and low-income
housing units, and thus achieve affordability through mixed
income housing communities.
We create a network of partners around each project including,
designers, contractors, bankers, financiers etc.
Using pre-cast concrete, we are able to accelerate the
speed of construction.
Low Cost of ownership
By using green technology e.g. waste recycling, solar
energy, rain-water storage etc, we reduce the recurring cost
to the owners of the housing units.
Building at the periphery
Urbanis achieves affordability by building integrated housing
communities with residential, economic and social amenities at
the periphery of large urban centers.