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A development framework for the Youngsfield/Ottery local area

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dc.contributor.author Sainsbury NC en
dc.date.accessioned 2016-09-22T09:17:00Z
dc.date.available 2016-09-22T09:17:00Z
dc.date.submitted 1995 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11892/53054
dc.description.abstract It is a well known fact that Metropolitan Cape Town (CMA) is suffering from tremendous urban sprawl. The city is currently undergoing a sporadic and seemingly ad-hoc burst of market-driven, monofunctional low density residential development. Private suburban housing has been the leading determinant of development. This has all resulted in poor urban performance. The project aims to show how a densification process within the CMA would improve urban performance. The local area site contained a piece of highly strategic vacant land (Youngsfield) and an existing suburb (Ottery). While Ottery performs very poorly in terms of urban performance, on the central issue of densification, it is concluded that unless there is a general public acceptance that increased densities will realise substantial benefits over suburban living, any steps to impinge or impair the current suburban quality of life will be resisted. This is because of the large amount of personal investment put into each plot. For this reason it is imperative that the development of the open piece of land that Youngsfield represents, be used as a "persuasive" role model for the rest of the city, on how to achieve a well performing urban environment at a pedestrian scale. People must be made aware that living at higher densities in a mixed-use environment will improve urban performance and their quality of life. It was discovered during the course of the project that it is without doubt pieces of vacant land within the existing urban fabric, such as Youngsfield, that represent the best possibility for a densification process and consequent improved urban performance to occur. The most important findings include: The site can serve to absorb future metropolitan growth which would otherwise be located in peripheral areas in a sprawling, low density pattern; The site is strategically located close to existing urban opportunities and should therefore be used to demonstrate the possibility of locating lower income people at higher densities, closer to existing functions. Youngsfield is bounded on all four sides by highly important movement routes. Development of the site must take cognisance of this fact. International precedent has shown that those cities that perform best at a pedestrian scale are those where the public facilities (realm) have been the leading determinant of development. Youngsfield will be high performing urban area if public investment is used to structure the development of the site. A densification process will raise thresholds, thus to some extent solving the programmatic need of the sub metropolitan area (which is sadly lacking in public elements). Currently, the roads surrounding the site already have too many cars. A densification process would necessitate an emphasis on public transport thus reducing congestion on the roads. The site's informants indicated that it can accommodate a wide variety of land uses. While affordable high density housing is desired, because of the site's location, (between formal housing) a high percentage of formal housing in the form of predominantly semi detached 1-4 storey type is desired. If Youngsfield is to be a positive urban environment it is vital that an overarching "Development Agency" (rather than separate bodies) oversees the development of the site. Finally, and most importantly, during the entire development of the site a minimalistic approach should be taken. In other words, the Development Agency's planning ethnic must be one which aims to lay down those most essential constraining structures, which the individual is incapable of providing, in order to guide and direct individual and community response, while simultaneously maximising their freedom and creativity of response. en
dc.language English en
dc.subject Architecture, Quantity surveying and Building management en
dc.subject Urban planning/Urban design en
dc.title A development framework for the Youngsfield/Ottery local area en
dc.type Masters degree en
dc.description.degree MCPUD en

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