Land­scape ideas to shape com­mu­ni­ties

Pretoria News - - METRO - | Staff Re­porter

EX­PLOR­ING the pos­si­bil­ity of re-rout­ing an ex­ist­ing con­crete wa­ter chan­nel to al­low res­i­dents from a dis­ad­van­taged com­mu­nity to ac­cess wa­ter for food gar­dens is the idea that won a UCT stu­dent the Coro­brik Land­scape Ar­chi­tec­ture Award re­cently.

Josephine Dal­berg’s the­sis, “A River Re­mem­bered: re­con­nect­ing to land­scape, mem­ory and re­source through wa­ter routes”, fo­cuses on the his­tor­i­cal re­la­tion­ships be­tween peo­ple and the land­scape.

“Hav­ing al­ways had an in­ter­est in the Ceder­berg area, I de­cided to fo­cus on Clan­william, the area’s old­est town and gate­way to the re­gion. This will cre­ate the op­por­tu­nity for de­vel­op­ing house­hold and com­mu­nity gar­dens, as well as sites of so­cial en­gage­ment be­tween the RDP com­mu­nity and the town cen­tre,” Dal­berg said.

Am­ber My­ers took home the sec­ond­place prize at the awards. They are both UCT stu­dents.

All grad­u­at­ing stu­dents in the UCT Mas­ter of Land­scape Ar­chi­tec­ture pro­gramme are el­i­gi­ble for Coro­brik’s Most Innovative Fi­nal Year Land­scape Ar­chi­tec­ture Award.

This year’s first-place re­cip­i­ent was awarded R8000 in prize money, with the run­ner-up tak­ing home R6000.

My­ers’s ti­tled her the­sis “Per­ceiv­ing Land­scape: de­sign­ing for the con­tem­pla­tion of ma­te­rial cul­ture through time”. She sug­gested con­struct­ing a coastal park and ar­chae­o­log­i­cal mu­seum on the Point of Mos­sel Bay, us­ing ma­te­ri­als har­vested from build­ings which will be sub­merged by the ris­ing ocean over time.

“The things we build, and what we build them from, say who we are,” My­ers said.

Coro­brik com­mer­cial di­rec­tor Musa Shangase said the stan­dard of the com­pe­ti­tion was high.

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