Our Capetonian in Copenhagen, Justine Bell shares her lessons from Copenhagen for Cape Town.
This second in this series of posts looking at projects produced by the students of Unit 17 at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London, during a field trip to Cape Town. This project is entitled ‘A Reluctant Monument’ and is sited in a disused granite quarry at the foot of Table Mountain, it investigates the effect of suburban boundary walls as architectural artefacts of Post-Apartheid fear, and traces the history of bounded space in Cape Town.
A recent lecture by Vanessa Watson of the African Centre for Cities questions how many of the latest master-planning proposals for rapidly developing African Cities are at best fictional renderings of false utopias, and at worst artefacts of a new type of exploitative and damaging property-development.
This series of posts will look at a few of the projects produced by the students of Unit 17 at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London, during a field trip to Cape Town. The first project to feature is entitled ‘Strategy for Philippi Farming’. This project defines a strategy for the 4528 hectares of mixed unconsolidated land of Philippi, to intervene in the unregulated mining industry re-mediating the landscape to harness water and wind for the production of energy and food. It proposed solutions to macro instability at micro level, proposing to intensify the productivity of the Phillippi community so they could absorb external fluctuations whilst prospering through internal enterprise.