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.


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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