Successful Placemaking to Build Inclusive African Places

Maurietta Stewart is Head of Environmental & Heritage Management for District A+D (Table Bay and Tygerberg) at The City of Cape Town and Guy Briggs is Partner and Head of Urban Design at dhk Architects. We discuss successful placemaking to build inclusive African places.

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This episode is brought to you in partnership with The Greater Tygerberg Partnership

Listen or watch to understand:

  • The unique opportunities for effective placemaking in African cities.
  • Introduction to the top 10 factors to be considered in successful placemaking initiatives.
  • The challenges to incorporating some or all of those considerations within an African context.
  • How to preserve a place's authentic character alongside the introduction of new placemaking interventions.
  • The main priorities for placemaking interventions in Bellville today.
  • The importance of heritage in creating inclusive spaces, particularly in places where heritage and memory are contested.
  • Key considerations for using heritage to build inclusive communities.
  • The specific opportunities for heritage-linked placemaking in Bellville.
  • And more.

About Maurietta Stewart
Maurietta Stewart is the Head for Environment and Heritage for the Table Bay and Tygerberg regions and surrounds. She is primarily a Heritage Practitioner with a town planning and environmental management background. She is particularly interested in Intangible Cultural Heritage and its intersection with the built environment in places of dispossession and where heritage as a notion is contested and challenged.

About Guy Briggs
Guy Briggs is a partner and the Head of Urban Design at dhk Architects. He has extensive experience in housing, mixed-use developments, public-space design, urban regeneration, development strategy and master planning, both locally and internationally. A SACAP registered architect, he is the most recent chairperson of the Urban Design Institute of South Africa (UDISA), an Academician of the Academy of Urbanism (UK), and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (UK).

Guy taught architecture and urban design at the University of Cape Town (UCT) from 2011 to 2014, has been widely published, and regularly gives public lectures on regeneration, urbanism and sustainability. He has extensive experience in design review, including as co-chair of the Bristol Urban Design Forum (leading design review and its Strategic Urban Design Advisory Group in Bristol, UK), a member of the London Borough of Hackney Design Review Panel, a member of the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront Design Review Committee, and guest critic at Bartlett School of Architecture (for MA Urban Design) and at LSE Cities Programme (Design Studio), M.Arch examiner at the University of the Witwatersrand and guest critic in the urban design programme, and Cape Town city representative for the global Council for Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. Before joining dhk in 2012, Guy spent 12 years in London where he was Urban Design Director at international consultancy EDAW (now AECOM).

About The Greater Tygerberg Partnership
We are connecting people, places and partners to the many possibilities that exist for the current and future success of Bellville; Cape Town's secondary city.

Bellville is an important economic node that lies about 20 kilometres north of Cape Town, South Africa. The Greater Tygerberg Partnership is mandated to promote and accelerate the regeneration and upliftment of Bellville and surrounding areas, to drive its future as a prosperous, successful and attractive commercial centre for business owners, and a vibrant, inclusive, safe and modern hub for residents, students and the general public.

We are a development facilitation agency at the centre of a broad ecosystem focused on urban regeneration. We connect multiple stakeholders seeking to maximise the assets of Bellville, for the greater good of all people who live, work and play there.

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