Tides of Change

Re thinking the urban future of Ballito KZN Dolphin Coast / South Africa / 2012

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The aim of the design dissertation is to create a transient and inclusive public organization in Ballito, KZN, which is a rapidly developing coastal town. The development of the framework through the ‘old heart’ of the town is intended to revive a node which is currently in a state of demise. An infrastructure ruptures the exclusive wall of privatized developments that shape an impenetrable barrier to the regions greatest asset – the ocean. The space will serve all members of the community as well as seasonal or sporadic visitors and is activated by the imminent densification of its surroundings — and event. The infrastructure will also act as the ‘machine’ of the town – servicing and supplying resources through a sustainable systemic cycle. Unexpected environmental threats are managed in a manner that respects the sensitive coastline. A thorough situational analysis of the region is conducted together with the municipalities IDP. A regional and urban framework is conceptualized to understand the site as an important future node whilst addressing insensitive and myopic development trends of sprawl, exclusivity and segregation.
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    The aim of the design dissertation is to create a transient and inclusive public organization in Ballito, KZN, which is a rapidly developing coastal town. The development of the framework through the ‘old heart’ of the town is intended to revive a node which is currently in a state of demise. An infrastructure ruptures the exclusive wall of privatized developments that shape an impenetrable barrier to the regions greatest asset – the ocean. The space will serve all members of the community...

    Project details
    • Year 2012
    • Work started in 2012
    • Status Research/Thesis
    • Type Parks, Public Gardens / Public Squares / Waterfront / Urban Furniture / Urban development plans / Neighbourhoods/settlements/residential parcelling / Landscape/territorial planning / Trade Fair Centres / Pavilions / Exhibition Design / Tourist Facilities / Beach Facilities / Exhibitions /Installations / Urban Renewal / Monuments / River and coastal redevelopment / Marinas / Bridges and Walkways / Waterworks/Water Systems / Tunnels / Metropolitan area planning
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