MA Urban Design Studio | Group 4: Tactical Design Precedents
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Group 4: Tactical Design Precedents

CASE 1: Cascoland Joburg 2007, Johannesburg, 2007


Agent/s of change:

Cascoland with Joubert Park Project


Intended audience:

Citizens in Johannesburg


The Motivation ( long-term purpose ) of the project:

While the densities of housing in Johannesburg is exceptionally high, however, basic public facilities of an urban environment of this size and intensity are insufficient.

Cascoland revitalised this isolated and fenced place as an active public space. In long term, this work would be a catalyst of regenerating the urban spaces as public spaces.


Tactical operation:


This project had several steps and tactics to achieve a well-made public space. De-fencing, organising festival in this space and some small events.

  1. Use the fence as an infrastructure for a dialogue.

The need for seating facilities is obvious, both for the workers(car washers, mechanics, electricians, car-stereo technicians, snacks and cigarettes vendors, and so on.) and for the public waiting for the taxis, which is the only mean of transport to and from the townships.

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  1. Install infrastructures and host some festivals and events to make this space vibrant.

By holding events, Cascoland could make citizens to recognise the space as a potential public space and potential usage of space.

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CASE 2: Refuge périurbain #8: Le Prisme, Bordeau, 2016


Agent/s of change:

Bruit du Frigo, Lou Andréa Lassall, Bordeaux Métropole,

avec la participation de la Ville d’Ambarès-et-Lagravee


Intended audience:

Citizens, hikers, visitors in Bordeau


The Motivation ( long-term purpose ) of the project:

Ethical / Ecological / Professional

Le Prisme is one of new refuge in Bordeaux. Bruit du Frigo began Refuges Périurbains project in 2001. The idea is to promote urban hiking as a local open air activity which is accessible to anyone by offering free nights in the shelters.Le Prisme is for hikers as as in the mountains and those that would like to experience an unusual retreat in the middle of the city, in addition, for visitors that are looking for an alternative accommodation


Tactical operation:

Make use of the suburban zones which located between city and nature, reveal suburban characteristic and to link in a network..

It is built as a collection of artwork shelters, free for hikers, travelers, etc. Every shelter can host up to 9 persons in about 15m2 and has an unique shape. As in mountain refuges it is quite simple: there is no electricity and no water access, only beds and a common space.

A series of actions on suburban itinerancy proposing a performative and collective use of the shelters.

To bring a new public equipment for a new urban use.

In order to embody and encourage urban hiking, and more broadly speaking, promote the (re)discovery of the territory, designe, built and installed a series of refuges around the urban area of Bordeaux and make use of these spaces.






Shaoying Cao