A local mobility
The divisive city planning and urban fabric of apartheid in Cape Town, South Africa has prevented social and economic growth for much of the population. The types of places invented by human cultures have the potential to be altered by sociopolitical events throughout history, yet little in Cape Town has been accomplished thus far in regards to breaking the patterns of segregation in the built environment. Worldwide, cities dictated by walls have been met with issues of mobility and social integration, raising the question of how design may aid in the transcendence of borders. Efforts towards redevelopment within Cape Town are often misplaced and have the tendency to strengthen the notion of "apartness" as they are not truly connecting people, places and goods to one another. By focusing on connecting disparate communities across boundaries, new development can construct a mobilized future. In order to integrate community and environment, siting at the seam between the mobile and the immobile is required for future growth. In Cape Town the highway is a conduit of freedom and access but exists simultaneously as a physical boundary between poor areas lacking the very access the highway provides. It is along this edge that this thesis will focus on, as it pertains so closely to what needs to be addressed for the growth and development of Cape Town- issues of location, containment and condition, and shifting building goals from that of immobilization, security and control to that of mobilization and new networks; allowing for an increase in physical movement, social progress, and economic growth.