This studio project was initiated by the Urban Design Services Branch of Cape Town's Planning and Environment Department. The primary purpose of this project was to provide an objective analysis of some of the public places that fall within the Dignified Places Program (DPP), established in 1999. From a community design perspective, the overall emphasis of the DPP is to provide effectively designed and sustainable public spaces within which communities would be empowered to create and expand their economic opportunities, social interaction and personal and community development. Two areas were identified as the study areas: Philippi Station and the area surrounding the Zolani Center at Nyanga Terminus. Three teams explored these public places from the perspectives of municipal and on-site management, informal traders and users. Based upon the research findings, the team developed a set of recommendations that have been aligned withing three categories: communication structures and processes, space management and facility design.
Studio Team Members