The Street as Pre-requisite Open Space: Current South African Settlement Practice and the Need for a Paradigm Shift

  • Fabio Todeschini
  • David Dewar

Abstract

In contexts experiencing rapid urbanization, such as South Africa, qualitatively fine open space is essential as that is where much of life is lived. However, the continued application of a modernist town-planning paradigm perversely tends to block the necessary shift in thinking. This is particularly exemplified in movement channels, which typically account for about a quarter of urban areas. The seminal distinction that has been lost is that between ‘road’ and ‘street’.

Author Biographies

Fabio Todeschini

architect, city planner, urban designer and heritage practitioner, emeritus professor at University of Cape Town (South Africa)

David Dewar

Ph.D., Emeritus Professor at the University of Cape Town, city and regional planner (South Africa)

How to Cite
TODESCHINI, Fabio; DEWAR, David. The Street as Pre-requisite Open Space: Current South African Settlement Practice and the Need for a Paradigm Shift. project baikal, Russian Federation, n. 35, p. 94-99, jan. 2013. ISSN 2309-3072. Available at: <http://www.projectbaikal.com/index.php/pb/article/view/24>. Date accessed: 19 oct. 2018. doi: https://doi.org/10.7480/projectbaikal.35.24.

Keywords

urban open space; road; street

Published
2013-01-21