What next? : densifying suburban Brooklyn

 

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dc.contributor.advisor Coetzer, Nic en_ZA
dc.contributor.advisor Silverman, Melinda en_ZA
dc.contributor.advisor Meyer, Tiaan en_ZA
dc.contributor.author Vervoort, Ant en_ZA
dc.date.accessioned 2015-07-02T08:36:18Z
dc.date.available 2015-07-02T08:36:18Z
dc.date.issued 2014 en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Vervoort, A. 2014. What next? : densifying suburban Brooklyn. University of Cape Town. en_ZA
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11427/13282
dc.description Includes bibliographical references. en_ZA
dc.description.abstract Due to the historical development of South African cities during the early 1900s, a great deal of the South African city now comprises of suburban environments. For all its negative portrayal in architectural discourse, there are also significant positive attributes to suburbia. Currently, the South African suburban condition is densifying. This process of densification means that the suburban form as we have known it is currently changing quite rapidly. We now sit in a position where we can either allow these suburban environments to evolve without architectural consideration which may exacerbate the negative aspects of suburbia, whilst undermining its positives. Alternatively, we can unpack the characteristics of suburbia with the intent of offering architectural solutions which may facilitate responsible densification whilst preserving the positives and addressing the negatives. Because such significant portions of our cities are sub urban in character - and are experiencing pressures to densify, this project asks whether it is possible to visualise a positive, healthy and responsible future suburban form. In the words of Robert Crumb, we ask ‘What’s Next?” This project proposes a simple and relatively quickly implementable architectural solution to the densification of the suburban township of Brooklyn in Pretoria over the next two to three decades. The project attempts to use the opportunity (presented by the city’s need to densify) to reconfigure the future suburban form for the better. Brooklyn is used as a casestudy through which the positive and negative characteristics of suburban environments are unpacked - and possible solutions for its future densification are proposed. Naturally, suburban environments differ from township to township. As such, this project does not look for an all-encompassing solution to the future of suburbia. Rather, it attempts to produce a critical, detailed, site-specific solution to a single suburban township. This approach acknowledges the importance of the architect in the creation of successful cities, but will hopefully stimulate the creative pursuit of solutions for - and a broader debate over the future of such enormous tracts of our South African cities - suburbia. en_ZA
dc.language.iso eng en_ZA
dc.subject.other Architecture en_ZA
dc.title What next? : densifying suburban Brooklyn en_ZA
dc.type Master 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 Engineering and the Built Environment
dc.publisher.department School of Architecture, Planning and Geomatics en_ZA
dc.type.qualificationlevel Masters
dc.type.qualificationname MArch (Prof) en_ZA
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dc.identifier.apacitation Vervoort, A. (2014). <i>What next? : densifying suburban Brooklyn</i>. (Thesis). University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Engineering & the Built Environment ,School of Architecture, Planning and Geomatics. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/11427/13282 en_ZA
dc.identifier.chicagocitation Vervoort, Ant. <i>"What next? : densifying suburban Brooklyn."</i> Thesis., University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Engineering & the Built Environment ,School of Architecture, Planning and Geomatics, 2014. http://hdl.handle.net/11427/13282 en_ZA
dc.identifier.vancouvercitation Vervoort A. What next? : densifying suburban Brooklyn. [Thesis]. University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Engineering & the Built Environment ,School of Architecture, Planning and Geomatics, 2014 [cited yyyy month dd]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/11427/13282 en_ZA
dc.identifier.ris TY - Thesis / Dissertation AU - Vervoort, Ant AB - Due to the historical development of South African cities during the early 1900s, a great deal of the South African city now comprises of suburban environments. For all its negative portrayal in architectural discourse, there are also significant positive attributes to suburbia. Currently, the South African suburban condition is densifying. This process of densification means that the suburban form as we have known it is currently changing quite rapidly. We now sit in a position where we can either allow these suburban environments to evolve without architectural consideration which may exacerbate the negative aspects of suburbia, whilst undermining its positives. Alternatively, we can unpack the characteristics of suburbia with the intent of offering architectural solutions which may facilitate responsible densification whilst preserving the positives and addressing the negatives. Because such significant portions of our cities are sub urban in character - and are experiencing pressures to densify, this project asks whether it is possible to visualise a positive, healthy and responsible future suburban form. In the words of Robert Crumb, we ask ‘What’s Next?” This project proposes a simple and relatively quickly implementable architectural solution to the densification of the suburban township of Brooklyn in Pretoria over the next two to three decades. The project attempts to use the opportunity (presented by the city’s need to densify) to reconfigure the future suburban form for the better. Brooklyn is used as a casestudy through which the positive and negative characteristics of suburban environments are unpacked - and possible solutions for its future densification are proposed. Naturally, suburban environments differ from township to township. As such, this project does not look for an all-encompassing solution to the future of suburbia. Rather, it attempts to produce a critical, detailed, site-specific solution to a single suburban township. This approach acknowledges the importance of the architect in the creation of successful cities, but will hopefully stimulate the creative pursuit of solutions for - and a broader debate over the future of such enormous tracts of our South African cities - suburbia. DA - 2014 DB - OpenUCT DP - University of Cape Town LK - https://open.uct.ac.za PB - University of Cape Town PY - 2014 T1 - What next? : densifying suburban Brooklyn TI - What next? : densifying suburban Brooklyn UR - http://hdl.handle.net/11427/13282 ER - en_ZA


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