Transformative infrastructures: retrofitting the apartheid city

 

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dc.contributor.advisor Fellingham, Kevin en_ZA
dc.contributor.author Botha, Louwrens en_ZA
dc.date.accessioned 2016-03-09T10:51:24Z
dc.date.available 2016-03-09T10:51:24Z
dc.date.issued 2015 en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Botha, L. 2015. Transformative infrastructures: retrofitting the apartheid city. University of Cape Town. en_ZA
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11427/17611
dc.description Includes bibliographical references en_ZA
dc.description.abstract This dissertation is a speculation on the role of infrastructure in shaping the city. By reimagining infrastructure in terms of its social, economic and topographical effects rather than purely on functional terms, the project proposes a method of intervention that transforms the city by ameliorating the negative spaces of existing infrastructure, bridges spatial divisions, and provides physical and social services to underserved communities. The dissertation is founded on an understanding of Cape Town's twentieth-century planning and development as a modern, infrastructured city and simultaneously a segregated apartheid city. The modernist preoccupation with separation is demonstrated to have dovetailed with apartheid policy to produce a functionally, economically and racially segregated urban landscape, with infrastructural projects used to carve up these discrete land parcels. The proposal is a hybrid spatial intervention that simultaneously adopts and subverts infrastructural processes to produce a more holistic approach to structuring the city, dealing with the issue of infrastructure at three levels: re-imagining existing sites of infrastructure to mitigate their divisive spatial effects and turn them into an urban resource; providing infrastructure to communities in need of basic services; and broadening the scope of what constitutes 'infrastructure' to include not only mobility and services but also social and educational facilities, landscape, recreation and access to information. The result is a device for reconfiguring the urban landscape to encourage economic opportunity, social mobility and urban liveability, suggesting a route to a more integrated city. en_ZA
dc.language.iso eng en_ZA
dc.subject.other Architecture, Planning and Geomatics en_ZA
dc.title Transformative infrastructures: retrofitting the apartheid city 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 Botha, L. (2015). <i>Transformative infrastructures: retrofitting the apartheid city</i>. (Thesis). University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Engineering & the Built Environment ,School of Architecture, Planning and Geomatics. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/11427/17611 en_ZA
dc.identifier.chicagocitation Botha, Louwrens. <i>"Transformative infrastructures: retrofitting the apartheid city."</i> Thesis., University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Engineering & the Built Environment ,School of Architecture, Planning and Geomatics, 2015. http://hdl.handle.net/11427/17611 en_ZA
dc.identifier.vancouvercitation Botha L. Transformative infrastructures: retrofitting the apartheid city. [Thesis]. University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Engineering & the Built Environment ,School of Architecture, Planning and Geomatics, 2015 [cited yyyy month dd]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/11427/17611 en_ZA
dc.identifier.ris TY - Thesis / Dissertation AU - Botha, Louwrens AB - This dissertation is a speculation on the role of infrastructure in shaping the city. By reimagining infrastructure in terms of its social, economic and topographical effects rather than purely on functional terms, the project proposes a method of intervention that transforms the city by ameliorating the negative spaces of existing infrastructure, bridges spatial divisions, and provides physical and social services to underserved communities. The dissertation is founded on an understanding of Cape Town's twentieth-century planning and development as a modern, infrastructured city and simultaneously a segregated apartheid city. The modernist preoccupation with separation is demonstrated to have dovetailed with apartheid policy to produce a functionally, economically and racially segregated urban landscape, with infrastructural projects used to carve up these discrete land parcels. The proposal is a hybrid spatial intervention that simultaneously adopts and subverts infrastructural processes to produce a more holistic approach to structuring the city, dealing with the issue of infrastructure at three levels: re-imagining existing sites of infrastructure to mitigate their divisive spatial effects and turn them into an urban resource; providing infrastructure to communities in need of basic services; and broadening the scope of what constitutes 'infrastructure' to include not only mobility and services but also social and educational facilities, landscape, recreation and access to information. The result is a device for reconfiguring the urban landscape to encourage economic opportunity, social mobility and urban liveability, suggesting a route to a more integrated city. DA - 2015 DB - OpenUCT DP - University of Cape Town LK - https://open.uct.ac.za PB - University of Cape Town PY - 2015 T1 - Transformative infrastructures: retrofitting the apartheid city TI - Transformative infrastructures: retrofitting the apartheid city UR - http://hdl.handle.net/11427/17611 ER - en_ZA


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