High streets: Constructing the public realm in a low income area

 

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dc.contributor.advisor Silverman, Melinda en_ZA
dc.contributor.author Abrahams, Clint Mark en_ZA
dc.date.accessioned 2016-03-22T11:06:55Z
dc.date.available 2016-03-22T11:06:55Z
dc.date.issued 2015 en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Abrahams, C. 2015. High streets: Constructing the public realm in a low income area. University of Cape Town. en_ZA
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11427/18167
dc.description Includes bibliographical references en_ZA
dc.description.abstract The lack of high streets in low income areas negate the socio-economic vitality of these towns. Through understanding how a high street functions one is able to appropriate the aspects of good streets to low income areas. Locally referred to as main streets, these streets are where most shops and other businesses and transport modes are found. Diversity is key in making a functional high street. Components that must be considered to create street diversity are the pace of the street, adaptability to rapid change and a concentration of things. This dissertation investigates the components that enable diversity by looking at how high streets exist within the Cape Town context. Developed high streets, emerging high streets and areas where there are no high streets are compared to further understand the components of street diversity. The dissertation proceeds to identify Main Road, Delft as an emerging high street. Main Road, Delft is then further analysed and findings reveal that the informal and institutional uses constitute the street. From further analysis, the institutional buildings reveal a lack of positive street making characteristics. The dissertation attempts, through a design of a Further Education and Training College, how to construct an institutional building that aids a positive public realm. The objective is to reinforce the emerging high street in Delft by facilitating diversity. The components of street diversity are explored by developing three building types that make various street conditions namely; a building onto a town square, a building as a thoroughfare and a building as an edge. Brick construction is adopted to construct the public realm and creates an enduring new civic image that speaks of robustness and low maintenance. The construction methods are appropriated to available skills and thus create job opportunities. en_ZA
dc.language.iso eng en_ZA
dc.subject.other Architecture, Planning and Geomatics en_ZA
dc.title High streets: Constructing the public realm in a low income area 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 Abrahams, C. M. (2015). <i>High streets: Constructing the public realm in a low income area</i>. (Thesis). University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Engineering & the Built Environment ,School of Architecture, Planning and Geomatics. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/11427/18167 en_ZA
dc.identifier.chicagocitation Abrahams, Clint Mark. <i>"High streets: Constructing the public realm in a low income area."</i> Thesis., University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Engineering & the Built Environment ,School of Architecture, Planning and Geomatics, 2015. http://hdl.handle.net/11427/18167 en_ZA
dc.identifier.vancouvercitation Abrahams CM. High streets: Constructing the public realm in a low income area. [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/11427/18167 en_ZA
dc.identifier.ris TY - Thesis / Dissertation AU - Abrahams, Clint Mark AB - The lack of high streets in low income areas negate the socio-economic vitality of these towns. Through understanding how a high street functions one is able to appropriate the aspects of good streets to low income areas. Locally referred to as main streets, these streets are where most shops and other businesses and transport modes are found. Diversity is key in making a functional high street. Components that must be considered to create street diversity are the pace of the street, adaptability to rapid change and a concentration of things. This dissertation investigates the components that enable diversity by looking at how high streets exist within the Cape Town context. Developed high streets, emerging high streets and areas where there are no high streets are compared to further understand the components of street diversity. The dissertation proceeds to identify Main Road, Delft as an emerging high street. Main Road, Delft is then further analysed and findings reveal that the informal and institutional uses constitute the street. From further analysis, the institutional buildings reveal a lack of positive street making characteristics. The dissertation attempts, through a design of a Further Education and Training College, how to construct an institutional building that aids a positive public realm. The objective is to reinforce the emerging high street in Delft by facilitating diversity. The components of street diversity are explored by developing three building types that make various street conditions namely; a building onto a town square, a building as a thoroughfare and a building as an edge. Brick construction is adopted to construct the public realm and creates an enduring new civic image that speaks of robustness and low maintenance. The construction methods are appropriated to available skills and thus create job opportunities. DA - 2015 DB - OpenUCT DP - University of Cape Town LK - https://open.uct.ac.za PB - University of Cape Town PY - 2015 T1 - High streets: Constructing the public realm in a low income area TI - High streets: Constructing the public realm in a low income area UR - http://hdl.handle.net/11427/18167 ER - en_ZA


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