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Melinda Silverman

Melinda Silverman is an urban strategist and architect specialising in sustainability issues. She teaches architectural History at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. She has co-authored two books: one on sustainable human settlements for South Africa’s national department, and one the urban history of Bela Bela, a small town in South Africa. She has written policy documents for local, provincial and national government in South Africa.

Books

Between the Atlantic and the Namib

by Melinda Silverman

70 p. • 37 b/w photos • 2004 • ISBN 99916-40-48-7 • 295 x 210 mm

The book is an account of environmental change in Walvis Bay in relation to urban, social and economic development, with a particular focus on the post-war era. The booklet is set within the context of the Kuiseb Delta, Namib Desert, the Atlantic Ocean and the town and lagoon of Walvis Bay. It covers the pre-colonial period up to 1400, the period of European exploration 1400-1652, the European colonisation 1652-1920, the period of consolidation in the 1920s-1940s, the industrial expansion 1940s-1960s, the uncertain times 1970-1976, the period of annexation and reintegration 1977-1994, and thereafter (1994-2002).

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