The Wynberg Interchange
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Spring 2016 | PhilaU | Professor Chris Harnish
Through the theory of asset based community development (ABCD) juxtaposed with transit oriented design (TOD), create a sustainable economic development that is community-driven. Therefore fostering active citizenship engagement to ensure access to public goods and services. My intention is to make a celebrated culturally relevant public space which the main focus of the TOD activity, is to build an appreciative quality of place and community. Thus creating an enabling culturally relevant transit center for Alexandra that is engaging and ensures access to public goods and services. ABCD programming is about looking at what we already have as a means to answer what we need. TOD is focused on the pedestrian as a way to connect between culture and transportation. Last but not least, the super colorful and talented society of Alex as a means to make critical culturally relevant decisions.
Alexandra is an incredible place in South Africa rich with history, arts and culture, that is unlike any other. And when discussing asset based community development, the investigation immediately becomes, what do we have? My question to myself was what do I have to work with? I stripped this dense amount of information to say that unique to Alex is the celebrated, informal, external, and vibrant nature of the place; the artwork and crafts; the music and dance; shebeens (pubs) and the brewed beer. These are the elements in which I played on to develop the rest of the project. By making celebrated culturally relevant public spaces the focus of TOD activity, it builds an appreciative quality of place and community. Thus creating an enabling culturally relevant transit center for Alexandra.
This project’s program consists of a marquee Alexandra crossing bridge over an existing thruway which lands in the center of the development; the center is flanked by a bus and cab transit center as well as a revolving market place; and an urban park this is used for kicking it or meeting with friends as they traverse through from one side to the other.