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THE METROPOLITAN SOUTH EAST: LOCAL SPATIAL DEVELOPMENT FRAMEWORK & IMPLEMENTATION FRAMEWORK

The project brief was to formulate a local spatial development framework (LSDF) for the area identified as the 'Metropolitan South-East' of Cape Town (including Khayalitsha and Mitchells Plain).
The first tab, FORMULATION of LSDF, Posters 1-19, describe the process of structuring the LSDF. Posters 1 & 2 locate the identified project area. This is in one of the poorest areas of the Cape Metropole. Then, posters 3-5 document the early thinking in the design phase in the creation of a conceptual figure ground plan.
Continuing, posters 6-9 start to look at the implications such a conceptual figure ground plan has for facility distribution and general land use.
The posters 9-19 apply the conceptual framework to the physical site, represented in model format. Issues explored include: terrain relief & wind; views; key access points to the regional movement distribution system; local movement & connections; and, the potential development of local area economic development by way of identifying activity streets and related market opportunities.
The next tab, IMPLEMENTATION FRAMEWORK: IDENTIFIED DEVELOPMENT AREAS, Posters 20-29, sets out the beginings of an implementation framework by identifying three development areas. Each of the three identified areas has a rough layout plan and 3-D massing image as a starting point to developing an implementation framework. Development area C has stunning views which are shown on poster 28. These views, out to False Bay, Gordon's Bay, and over prime agricultural land towards the Helderberg Mountains need to be capitalized on. Thus, creating the development potential for high income property investment. Thereby encouraging economic upliftment for the area in general.
Poster 29 shows a proposal for an associated mausoleum as a further development area, just east of development area C. The intention would be for this area to be treated as a garden of rememberance and contemplation. An open public resource. It is important to note that culturally, crematation is not seen as an option for the majority of inhabitants of the proposed project area.
Importantly, the report, Development Works devworld@global.co.za. October 2005. Spatial Planning, Land Development and Land Use Management in a Context of HIV and AIDS.
(Online). Available:https://sarpn.org/documents/d0001724/Land_HIVAIDS_Oct2005.pfd, draw attention to the following:
In Cape Town there is a reported shortage of burial sites in Gugulethu, Gordons Bay, and Khayelitsha. Consequently, environmental health officials in South Africa report that informal and illegal burials are increasing. Further, due to the shortage of land for cemetery space in most cities globally, there has been an exploration of alternative methods for disposal of human remains. For example, developing eco-cemeteries and including cemeteries as part of the open space system. Consequently, in Johannesburg all cemeteries are designed as a memorial park which contributes to the green environment. Significantly it is also noted that standard mausoleums accommodate 1008 bodies on the space normally occupied by 80 graves.
For this reason a mausoleum is proposed. Furthermore, if this mausoleum space could be sensitively designed as a garden of rememberance and contemplation. A quiet retreat, available to all, it would be a win-win situation.


Metropolitan South East: Local Spatial Development Framework

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