Spatial Legacy

A number of entities, including the City’s architecture department, are coming together over the period of the Congress to create projects that will bring the life and energy back into the inner-city and show what is possible. A lasting legacy for Durban resides in instituting mechanisms that re-invigorate and re-purpose assets in the inner city. Project co-ordinator for the Spatial Legacy projects, both as Local Government Liaison for the UIA 2014 Organisation Committee and as Programme Manager for City Architects, is Nina Saunders.

Dr Pixley Ka Seme Linear Park

A number of entities, including the City’s architecture department, are collaborating over the period of the Congress to create projects that will bring the life and energy back into the inner-city. A lasting legacy for Durban resides in instituting mechanisms that re-invigorate and re-purpose assets in the inner city. Project co-ordinator for the Spatial Legacy projects, both as Local Government Liaison for the UIA 2014 Organisation Committee and as Programme Manager for City Architects, is Nina Saunders.

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By redefining the perception of the inner city as an economic, social and cultural centre and emphasizing its value through its diversity, a new wave of architectural renewal will be inspired. The city’s Inner City Renewal Team will activate Step One of the project vision for a pedestrian priority zone along Dr Pixley KaSeme Street in time for the Congress. An exhibition detailing the project and outlining the plans for a 400-metre stretch of Durban’s inner city greened and re-purposed, will showcase the potential and possibilities, with the creation of a high quality public space for people who live and work in the City to relax, exercise and play.

Dr Pixley KaSeme Linear Park – will involve lane shrinkage which will allow for temporary pedestrian activations from 14th July 2014 to 5th September 2014. The hard element will include demaraction of the road with either paint or astroturf, recycled seating, as well as metal tree sculptures with that will be decorated by local artists, as well as solar fairy lights.

In addition, as part of the Otherwhere Festival a series of activations will take place from 1-10 August including movies on the street, free yoga and fitness classes, interactive art and live performances. All activities are open to the public and free.

 

Rivertown

Formerly Durban’s light industrial area, the Rivertown precinct lies to the east of the Durban CBD. A canal - currently enclosed - traverses this area, and water from areas that were formerly the wetlands in the City Bowl, drains into the canal and is dispersed into the harbour at Cato Creek. The currently derelict area provides an opportunity for regeneration, to draw interest back to Durban’s CBD. Arts and culture initiatives and exhibitions will run during the Congress to show the opportunities that exist for bringing sustainability and vibrancy back to the area. The UIA Heritage and Responsible Architecture Work Programmes have launched a student competition calling for urban design proposals for a rejuvenated precinct.

 

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River town Beer Hall

River town Beer Hall will come alive from 1-10August 2014. Open to the public and delegates alike. This space will house three exhibitions: Informal studio: Marlboro South (Local), Ecology Design Synergy (Global), River Town (Student).

In addition to exhibitions a relaxing court yard will host food and craft beer. Sections of the canal along John Milne Road will be open to give the long term feel of Rivertown. The road will be closed to traffic but open to pedestrians and cyclist alike. A series of live performances are planned to take place in and around Beer Hall.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ski Jump

An indigenous and medicinal plant garden will be placed on top of the Ski Jump in Warwrick. This space will be open to the public and delegates will be encouraged to visit the site. In addition to creating a space for people to sit and enjoy the view, this educational environment also extends indigenous knowledge.

 

Pocket Parks

Tying in with the Congress themes of Ecology, Resilience and Values, the Pocket Park Project, will bring nature and delight back to the city, providing a place for relaxation, play areas for children, a small space for activities, events and street cafes, where people can socialize, share laughter and conversation under the African sky. An educational component involves the introduction of indigenous/edible and medicinal plants into the Pocket Parks. A number of pocket parks, in Durban and surrounding areas are planned for during the Congress and beyond.

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Mobile Student Park

A competition was held asking architecture students to submit their designs for a mobile park that could be placed in various areas throughout the CBD. The aim of these mobile parks is to get the public to engage with green spaces and to encourage them to use public spaces. Various elements from the submissions were used to create one design, resulting in four of these mobile parks being placed through out Durban for a period of one month.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nicole Square (Red Square)

This historic site will be utilised to encourage people to share their voice of what they would imagine Durban to be. Scaffolding will be erected and banners printed of peoples wishes.

Umthombo Food Forest

is an ongoing project which will see a revamp of the vegtable garden, turning it into a state of the art food forest with assistance from City Architecture and eThekwini Parks. The garden will be maintained and managed by the street children of Umthombo.

Berea Steps:

The UIA team will be painting the Berea station steps just before the Congress.