Removes the highways to make way for 4 000 affordable residential homes, eight green spaces, nine urban squares, three community halls and centres, 17 new leisure and sports fields, new MyCiTi stations, a school, a medical centre, a clinic, a counselling centre and a “worldclass public urban park”.
Designers add that the freeways’ demolition will reduce peak-time traffic congestion by 60% – a big plus after a recent survey found Cape Town was the most congested city in the country – worse even than Johannesburg.
Continues the freeways into a continuous, sculptural loop, which the designers call an “iconic gateway”. It includes tunnels for the foreshore freeways, an iconic tower, 158 000m² of public open space and 400 000m² of residential space consisting of 4 400 homes, 1 000 of which are for the affordable rental market.
Also included in this proposal are 95 000m² of commercial space; 20 000m² of retail, educational and social facilities; a public art programme; and 12 000 parking bays.
Puts traffic at the centre of its vision, where it will finally complete the unfinished freeways, including a parking hub, dedicated lanes for MyCiTi buses, shared city bikes, electric cars, more water taxis and what the designers call an “iconic public space”.
Also included are 4 500 new apartments, a third of which are affordable. All in all, it intends to reduce traffic by 80% and the city’s fuel consumption by 25%.
Creates something similar to New York’s iconic High Line park, which is elevated above the street, by constructing five new city blocks that include international hotels, high-income flats, schools, mixedincome housing and an energy centre in the Foreshore Park, which raises the public space to create unobstructed views of the harbour.
The project also proposes a Harbour Walk alongside Nelson Mandela Freeway, which will extend cycle lanes and pedestrian use, and introduce trees to the freeway.
Called City Lift, this proposal drops the freeway to the ground, but elevates the city 10m above its current level, creating an immense park that extends to the harbour. The designers’ aim is “to reconnect the city to the sea”.
The proposal also creates 1 million square metres of residential development, nearly half of which will be affordable and includes social housing for professionals such as nurses and teachers.
This proposal completes the freeways and develops them, reportedly cutting current traffic volumes by two thirds.
Most importantly, it introduces a number of 49-storey, 143mhigh apartment towers along the freeway, which will create 3 200 midmarket homes and 3 500 developer-subsidised units.