MA Urban Design Studio | Group 3: Neighbourhood Tactics
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Group 3: Neighbourhood Tactics

Our topic for our ‘context analysis’ of the site in Jeppestown is land use – space, density and mobility. Through our research on this topic and by the mapping analysis, we observed that the area is divided in 3 zones – residential, commercial and industrial. We decided to focus on the industrial area which is the most dense and where most buildings are workplaces, automobile workshops and car scrap places. We noticed that in the area, there are many bad and illegally occupied buildings and that there is lack of social and public spaces.


1.Population Density




3.Auto Trade


4.Illegal Ownership


5.Social Nodes


Our ‘tactical intervention’ is to re-appropriate the abandoned buildings in the area and give them new use in order to ameliorate people’s living conditions and make use of the vacuum open spaces in the ground level to create small public places for socializing inside the building blocks. We chose the block between Karl St., Hanau St., Ford St. and Margaret Mcingana St. as our pilot project. We identified the 3-storey building in Ford St. as the illegally occupied-abandoned building in the block and we propose to give different use in every floor. The 1st floor will be used as a community support centre, the 2nd as an educational and cultural centre and the 3rd along with the 4th floor that we propose to add on top, as an accommodation place – residential use. Furthermore, we created some pathways and connections inside the block and we propose to use the empty open space for designing a public social play area by using the materials and waste from the car scrap or automobile workshops that dominate the area.

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6.Tactical Focus

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7.Block Analysis

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8.Intervention on Building and Open Space

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9.Masterplan + tactical intervention process

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10.Masterplan + three-dimensional representations


Finally, the general idea is that this can happen also to the neighborhood blocks and can be connected with each other in order to create eventually a socializing corridor.

11-Impact Analysis

11.Impact Analysis


Jiali Cai