#FAIL: City says Fan Walk characterized by 2-3 storey buildings

A clear fail by the City of Cape Town’s Environment & Heritage Department. One must wonder whether they walk the streets and surrounds, about which they have spoken with such authority.

The pedestrianised section of Waterkant Street is characterised by a group of uniformly low-scale (2 to 3-storey) historic buildings which offers a continuous streetscape and a rich experience for pedestrians.

– City of Cape Town

I think this quote by a young Capetonian and soon-to-be qualified architect is a good response.

At the end of the day, the city and its buildings are experienced by movement through space, whether by foot, carriage or car, and not from a series of static viewpoints from which abstract sight lines are drawn.

Michael Lewis M Arch (Prof) UCT

The City of Cape Town’s Environment and Heritage department may learn something from the above statement. The statement cannot be more true when thought of in the context of the Fan Walk, through which many move through en-route to their places of work, study, leisure as well as for events at Cape Town Stadium. The reality as depicted in the images below, tells a different story to the “2-3 storey” story.