The role of open streets Cape Town street events in shaping everyday mobility in Salt River and Observatory : towards bridging mobile, spatial and social divide

 

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dc.contributor.advisor Rink, Bradley en_ZA
dc.contributor.author Taylor, Frances Jessica en_ZA
dc.date.accessioned 2016-06-10T07:35:00Z
dc.date.available 2016-06-10T07:35:00Z
dc.date.issued 2015 en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Taylor, F. 2015. The role of open streets Cape Town street events in shaping everyday mobility in Salt River and Observatory : towards bridging mobile, spatial and social divide. University of Cape Town. en_ZA
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11427/19988
dc.description.abstract This study interrogates the role of Open Streets Cape Town's day-long street events in disrupting complex systems and hierarchies of everyday street mobility that maintain the mobile, spatial and social divides of Cape Town. The test was whether OSCT events 1) bridged the mobile divide by replacing car-dominated streets with people-centred public space; 2) bridged the spatial divide by bringing fluidity to the mobility of people between usually isolated public spaces; and 3) bridged the social divide by replacing practices of avoidance and exclusion with an everyday cosmopolitan sensibility. The investigation used mobile methodologies and an embedded approach. OSCT proved to be successful at bridging the mobile divide by creating a shared public space, but had mixed success with bridging spatial and social divides. A greater sensitivity to how existing social and spatial divides can be reproduced during events would improve this. Sager's (2006) freedom of mobility framework was reworked and proved to be useful in monitoring individuals situated differently in the shifting complex of power, identity and everyday life across a changing motilities landscape. The underlying mobility framework revealed a need for developing better street navigation skills to create robust and equitable freedom of mobility for street users, necessary for independence from mediators such as cars, private street security and prejudice ideas about people and places that perpetuate division. OSCT events are useful in opening up people's eyes to what could be, but the value is diminished if there are no ongoing interventions sustaining this new understanding. Interventions that tackle the everyday systems supporting the divisions are needed to supplement the interventions of OSCT events. This will add substance between events and enhance the value of the events themselves. en_ZA
dc.language.iso eng en_ZA
dc.subject.other Environment, Society and Sustainability en_ZA
dc.title The role of open streets Cape Town street events in shaping everyday mobility in Salt River and Observatory : towards bridging mobile, spatial and social divide en_ZA
dc.type Masters Thesis
uct.type.publication Research en_ZA
uct.type.resource Thesis en_ZA
dc.publisher.institution University of Cape Town
dc.publisher.faculty Faculty of Science en_ZA
dc.publisher.department Department of Environmental and Geographical Science en_ZA
dc.type.qualificationlevel Masters
dc.type.qualificationname MPhil en_ZA
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dc.identifier.apacitation Taylor, F. J. (2015). <i>The role of open streets Cape Town street events in shaping everyday mobility in Salt River and Observatory : towards bridging mobile, spatial and social divide</i>. (Thesis). University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Science ,Department of Environmental and Geographical Science. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/11427/19988 en_ZA
dc.identifier.chicagocitation Taylor, Frances Jessica. <i>"The role of open streets Cape Town street events in shaping everyday mobility in Salt River and Observatory : towards bridging mobile, spatial and social divide."</i> Thesis., University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Science ,Department of Environmental and Geographical Science, 2015. http://hdl.handle.net/11427/19988 en_ZA
dc.identifier.vancouvercitation Taylor FJ. The role of open streets Cape Town street events in shaping everyday mobility in Salt River and Observatory : towards bridging mobile, spatial and social divide. [Thesis]. University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Science ,Department of Environmental and Geographical Science, 2015 [cited yyyy month dd]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/11427/19988 en_ZA
dc.identifier.ris TY - Thesis / Dissertation AU - Taylor, Frances Jessica AB - This study interrogates the role of Open Streets Cape Town's day-long street events in disrupting complex systems and hierarchies of everyday street mobility that maintain the mobile, spatial and social divides of Cape Town. The test was whether OSCT events 1) bridged the mobile divide by replacing car-dominated streets with people-centred public space; 2) bridged the spatial divide by bringing fluidity to the mobility of people between usually isolated public spaces; and 3) bridged the social divide by replacing practices of avoidance and exclusion with an everyday cosmopolitan sensibility. The investigation used mobile methodologies and an embedded approach. OSCT proved to be successful at bridging the mobile divide by creating a shared public space, but had mixed success with bridging spatial and social divides. A greater sensitivity to how existing social and spatial divides can be reproduced during events would improve this. Sager's (2006) freedom of mobility framework was reworked and proved to be useful in monitoring individuals situated differently in the shifting complex of power, identity and everyday life across a changing motilities landscape. The underlying mobility framework revealed a need for developing better street navigation skills to create robust and equitable freedom of mobility for street users, necessary for independence from mediators such as cars, private street security and prejudice ideas about people and places that perpetuate division. OSCT events are useful in opening up people's eyes to what could be, but the value is diminished if there are no ongoing interventions sustaining this new understanding. Interventions that tackle the everyday systems supporting the divisions are needed to supplement the interventions of OSCT events. This will add substance between events and enhance the value of the events themselves. DA - 2015 DB - OpenUCT DP - University of Cape Town LK - https://open.uct.ac.za PB - University of Cape Town PY - 2015 T1 - The role of open streets Cape Town street events in shaping everyday mobility in Salt River and Observatory : towards bridging mobile, spatial and social divide TI - The role of open streets Cape Town street events in shaping everyday mobility in Salt River and Observatory : towards bridging mobile, spatial and social divide UR - http://hdl.handle.net/11427/19988 ER - en_ZA


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