Grafting the sub-terrain: Working from the ground up in Mowbray

 

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dc.contributor.advisor Raxworthy, Julian en_ZA
dc.contributor.author Kelly, Stuart en_ZA
dc.date.accessioned 2018-05-29T10:33:12Z
dc.date.available 2018-05-29T10:33:12Z
dc.date.issued 2018 en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Kelly, S. 2018. Grafting the sub-terrain: Working from the ground up in Mowbray. University of Cape Town. en_ZA
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11427/28178
dc.description.abstract The sub-terrain is the foundation for plant growth. Soils are important for biodiversity, supporting animal and plant life above and below the earth's surface. Soil profiles have diverse physical, chemical and biological properties and can assist in reducing pollution by harmful substances through soil absorption properties. The sub-terrain also has the ability to capture and store water to assist in providing water supply. However, soils found within the urban environment have been negatively impacted and altered by human activity resulting in poor structure and depleted properties. Grafting is a horticultural technique used for propagation of similar productive trees, combining one plant portion with another to assist growth of the plant as an integrated whole. The concept of grafting can be applied to soils and reshaping of the sub-terrain. This will be achieved by cutting out the fragments of the current sub-terrain and inserting alternative soil types that consist of varying properties. This cut and fill of the sub-terrain cab be viewed as the equivalent to grafting two similar plant species together. Inserting fragments of improved soil profiles into portions of Mowbray's current sub-terrain has the ability to alter the current nature of the streetscape leading up to and including Mowbray's public transport hub. This rejuvenation of the sub terrain will result in improved soil profile conditions, providing the opportunity to incorporate pockets of various productive trees. Redesigning the soil profiles will result in greater biodiversity, improved ground water storage and an enhanced productive landscape, as well as create an unusual type of landscape and experience, grown from the ground up. en_ZA
dc.language.iso eng en_ZA
dc.subject.other Landscape Architecture en_ZA
dc.title Grafting the sub-terrain: Working from the ground up in Mowbray en_ZA
dc.type Thesis / Dissertation en_ZA
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 & the Built Environment en_ZA
dc.publisher.department School of Architecture, Planning and Geomatics en_ZA
dc.type.qualificationlevel Masters en_ZA
dc.type.qualificationname MLA en_ZA
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