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PROPOSED SPATIAL DEVELOPMENT FOR THE CAPE REGIONAL AREA: MALAN

INTRODUCTION
This project develops, and works on the premis of, a broader strategy for the development of the Cape regional area. Three development corridors are identified. The development corridors are located along the only existing transport routes which also rail infrastructure. Intensification of development is advocated along these development corridors which should be of a maximum width of about 2 km. It is in these development corridors that infrastructure resources should be concentrated. The intention is that these corridors are then buffered with intensive agriculture. The intensive agricultural produce then being within close proximity to market opportunities along the development corridors. In addition the intensive agriculture acts as a buffer to protect the extensive agricultural lands and wilderness areas as valuable resources.

Having set the broader strategy in place the project briefly analyses the structure of one of the development corridors, Corridor A. Along this corridor existing small towns are identified. They are the conceptual "beads on a string" of the development corridor. One of these small towns, Malan, is then selected as a case study to show how settlement intensification can occur here. Thus demonstrating how settlement can be managed so as to provide access and opportunity to the greatest possible number of people while still protecting the regions natural resources. The intention being that by decentralizing the regional settlement pattern no one area takes precedence over all the others. Consequently a situation where a few, who by way of their favoured location, hold a monopoly over the majority is avoided. In addition many costly, and unnecessary, transport trips are avoided. As a result traffic bottlenecks, wasted time, and associated costs, are also avoided. The amelioration of these bottlenecks also means that unnecessary infrastructure does not have to be built in order to deal with them.

So while this project focuses primarily on the development of a relatively small settlement, the aim behind it is to demonstrate an alternative way of thinking to a more equitable regional development pattern which values and protects its natural resources.

  • 1.FIELD TRIP: Panels 1-4
  • 2. STRUCTURE: Panels 5-18
  • 3. PLOT & BLOCK: Panels 19-20
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5. Structure:
CORRIDOR  A
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6. Structure:
CORRIDOR  A: STRUCTURE
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7. Structure:
DIAGRAM OF STRUCTURE:
LINE EXPANDED
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8. Structure:
LOCALITY  PLAN
Settlement Context
9. Structure:
SETTLEMENT CONTEXT
PLAN MAP
Settlement Layout
10. Structure:
SETTLEMENT LAYOUT
Figure Ground
11. Structure:
PUBLIC PRIVATE
FIGURE GROUND
Facilities
12. Structure:
FACILITIES
Facilty Distribution System
13. Structure:
FACILITY DISTRIBUTION SYSTEMS
Settlement Views
14. Structure:
SETTLEMENT VIEWS
Centering Precincts: First Actions
15. Structure:
CENTERING PRECINCTS
FIRST ACTIONS
Facility Precincts
16. Structure:
FACILITY PRECINCTS
Enclaves as Reference Points to Settlement Development
17. Structure:
ENCLAVES AS REFERENCE POINTS TO DEVELOPMENT
FIRST ACTIONS
Street Hierarchy
18. Structure:
STREET HIERARCHY & DEVELOPMENT
   

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19. Plot & Block:
BLOCK DEVELOPMENT

Plot Development
20. Plot & Block:
PLOT DEVELOPMENT
 

Proposed Spatial Development for the Cape Regional Area: Malan

 

 

 

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Lance Gilmour • Architect • Urban Designer
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