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Bold City: A Bold Vision for Cape Town Station


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Bold Idea: To make available sought after land in and around Cape Town's CBD, Sarah proposes that Cape Town station be placed underground. This is a bold idea because it would mean the reconstruction of the city's largest public transport hub.

Speaker: Sarah Patterson.

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Bold City: A Bold Vision for Cape Town Station

  2. 2. Transport, Civic Life and the City In the neo-liberal context that currently dominates the world economic system, infrastructures are proposed as winning programmes for public investment and usually gain public consensus, but their often entirely-utilitarian manifestation within the city takes into sole consideration the pressing problems of urban mobility, invariably causing environmental and social problems. Clearly, built infrastructural and architectural interventions have social implications, and it is thus critical to try and understand the link between the physical and social, as well as the importance of public transport and governance in responding to these realities in a sustainable and humanist way.
  3. 3. Historical & Place Making Logic [ Re-establishing Urban Logic – Space and Memory ] The CTS is located at a key intersection or knuckle point between the Main Road contour and the formal city grid, which was historically the point of exclusion of those outside the City’s “body politic” (for example District Six and Bokaap). As such, the revitalisation of CTS provides unique opportunities to invert this historic urban logic. The CTS Precinct also presents opportunities to make meaningful gestures towards the re-establishment of important urban assets, such as the green links between the sea and mountain (address to Adderley Street); key desire lines (east-west linkages); and the value of the public realm and interconnected public spaces and places (Greenpoint Common) to the inner city. Grand Parade District Six Bokaap Trafalgar Park Woodstock beach front Historic Southern Suburbs Corridor Historic Northern Suburbs Corridor Shoreline 1870 Shoreline 1920 Greenpoint Common old city grid traditional access to the city from port Company Gardens Biutenkant Buitengracht
  4. 4. Spatial structure & Urban Logic [ Restructuring the City – Spacemark in Inner City ] The revitalisation of CTS provides an opportunity to use rail to initiate that spatial restructuring of the city through rationalising the system and releasing underutilised areas of valuable inner-city land. This in turn will create opportunities for urban densification where land is utilised in a more holistic and productive manners with increased accessibility for the citizens of the city and new urban communities or urban quarters. Permeability and integration within the inner city urban fabric in north-south and east-west of the CTS Precinct is fundamental to establish key linkages: 1) Strand Street to Adderley Street knuckle point for CTS which links to Somerset Road/Greenpoint 2) Link from Plein Street towards the Foreshore 3) Link from Buitenkant Street 4) link to Artscape and Civic Centre primary green linkage- Mountain to Addereley Street to Sea secondary green linkage current land required for rail tracks points of opportunity linkages
  5. 5. Social Logic [ Revitalising Cape Town Station as Social Catalyst ] The Station has the potential to reinforce existing social and cultural linkages through the city, whilst providing new urban social spaces through the development of a new ‘urban quarter’ with focus at ‘pulse points of opportunity’. Integration across the site from Strand Street to Old Marine Drive is fundamental for pedestrian movement to reinforce the principle of integration and permeability. The association to Adderley Street as a primary movement system from mountain to sea needs to be carefully considered in terms of a hierarchy for the CTS Precinct. The linkages along Buitenkant relate the eastern edge of the CTS Precinct and need to be addressed as a positive movement route and interface to the CTS and potential of the Culemborg ‘tail’ development in the long-term towards a sustainable model for development. With the CTS as a rail terminal point, the emphasis will be to integrate other modes of transport in a more dispersed manner, which takes into consideration a restructured public transport system i.e. there are points of ‘transfer’ on the road system rather than terminals or facilities for large buses and taxis. Safe pedestrian movement between these different modes of public transport becomes critical at ground level, reinforcing the principle of continuous and active ground plane which acts as a social catalyst for other forms of activity and engagement. SPATIAL STRUCTURE MOVEMENT STRUCTURE
  6. 6. Cost of sinking of the tracks Value of the area unlocked for development In the context of problematic urban sprawl, is it not a better alternative to other densification initiatives? R40bn R500bn At the time of the study
  7. 7. Another bold idea for rail ?
  8. 8. CTS Salt River Bellville Khayelitsha Retreat An integrated mobility strategy High frequency rail on a circular route Heavy rail connection to west coast light rail costal and city connections BRT system of routes NMT networks that are continuous
  9. 9. Thank you