The site sees the main axis, both traditional and historical, become sustainable production routes as well as public spaces. Vertical farms help to increase production- once again tying Cape Town to it historical roots as a refreshment station.
The Mapping panel considers the Past, Present and the Future of the Green Point Common and uses this information to inform the design of the site. Using mappings of the past the landscape leads to the inclusion of special-use zones, memorials, museums etc. Present mappings encourage us to draw the existing city grid onto the site, and the sporting nature of the site is intensified with further facilities. The extended grid welcomes densification to support such facilities.
Future mappings encourage the development and exploration of a range of resource-replenishing facilities on the pockets of space which remain between the past and present mappings. These may include energy harvesting, fish farming, agriculture, grey water recycling and use of the ocean’s contant temperature as a means of air conditioning.
Infrastructure beacons provide various functions while acting as informants as to the layers of information embedded upon the site.
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The Green Point common was just that – a common, available to every citizen of Cape Town. This just transfers even more of it into the hands of the rich.
I don’t fully agree with the designs, but is it really that available to every citizen of Cape Town as it is?
Gonna have to agree with Oliver on this one, round about when it became a ‘common’ it was no longer available for the grazing of everyones cattle. Though I would hope a scheme of this nature would include mixed income housing.
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