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Historial urban and public space. 2010 FIFA Fan Park.

The Grand Parade is a prominent historical public space in Cape Town, at current underutilised and undervalued by the general public. The project involves review, design and detail of an upgrade for the area. The City’s initiative plans to revitalise the area, allowing it to fulfil it’s potential as a grand open space amenity for Capetonians as well as tourists.
The Parade has a rich layering of historical importance and this will be explored and celebrated through design development.

The project is a collaborative effort between Urban Design, Landscape Architecture and Architecture.





 

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some ideas for the Parade

It'd be great to pedestrianised Darling Street all the way to the Good Hope center, like the Ramblas in Barcelona,
with a grand arch at the entrance. Like the parade, the ave should be adorned with art sculptures.


 

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Grand revamp begins

By Mzwanele Mkalipi

Work has begun on the upgrade of the Grand Parade, which will be used as a fan park during the 2010 Soccer World Cup if Fifa approves.

Pieter Cronje, the city's 2010 spokesperson, said: "I think the announcement will be made soon but don't have a definite date yet. There is plenty of time."

The parade will be resurfaced and new services installed. "There will be data cables that would can be used for soccer broadcasts, and future events ," said Cronje.

The work is expected to take nine months.

Motorists would have to find parking elsewhere because space constraints and issues of liability meant that parking would not be permitted during construction. Other than that the impact of construction would be limited.

Traders currently operating on the Parade would be accommodated during the construction phase, although some might be moved to other parts of the parade.

"None of the traders who currently have valid lease agreements with the city will be moved off the parade during construction."
 

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City's Grand Parade upgrade in full swing


Grand Parade

The R21 million upgrade of South Africa's oldest public space, the Grand Parade, has officially begun and Capetonians can look forward to having a significantly improved multi-functional venue at their disposal by April next year.

According to Geoff Duffel-Canham, of the City of Cape Town's Spatial Planning and Urban Design Department, the contractor has already started work.

"The first component of the upgrade will be the installation of the technical and electrical infrastructure needed for big events," said Geoff. "Thereafter, the entire area will be resurfaced with a brick paver. The bulk of the paving will be in a sandstone colour broken up by a contrasting grid pattern of light burgundy and charcoal. These colours have been selected to match the sandstone hues that are prevalent in the City Hall so as to integrate the building with the square in front of it." Geoff said that a full time archaeologist is an integral part of the contract team because of the Parade's historical significance.

The third component of the upgrade will be improved lighting to enhance security at night. The high mast lighting will be replaced with less intrusive but brighter, medium mast lighting. The lighting in the surrounding streets will also be improved and feature lighting will be added to the periphery.

Geoff said two rows of 4m-high stone pines will be planted around the perimeter of the square as soon as construction is complete. This species was chosen because historical photographs show that they have always been planted here.

"Stone pines also have a tall, slender trunk that will not restrict the views of the City Hall, Castle and Table Mountain." Existing trees will be transplanted elsewhere in the city. Newly designed benches, rubbish bins and other facilities will add both colour and convenience to the area.

During the construction phase of the project, parking will not be allowed for safety reasons, to obviate potential public liability litigation and also to prevent inconvenience to the traders.

The upgraded Grand Parade will have parking for 200 cars from Mondays to Sundays. To accommodate the market, an additional 100 cars will be allowed to park on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

The final two phases of this development will begin after July 2010.
 

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I agree with Harkeb that we need a nice fountain as a focal point.Instead we get lumped with a larger than life open square that would make me feel self-conscious to walk across.There's something about large squares,peasants revolutions and corrupt politicians that make me nervous.Viva and all that...I mean look how nicely the people adorn the fountain at Adderly circle...
 

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Foreign pines on Parade


Everywhere else on the Cape Peninsula, pine trees have been environmental enemy No 1 for years. But on the Grand Parade, they're planning to plant them.

The City of Cape Town has chosen 120 non-indigenous stone pines to line the Parade, partly because they will not encourage loitering or vagrancy.

The trees, also known as umbrella pines, have long, slender trunks and broad, flat crowns that would "ensure unimpeded views" for people looking at the Castle and Table Mountain, said Geoff Duffell-Canham of the city's urban design department.

"As these trees do not provide ground-level shelter or hideaways, they will not obstruct (city law enforcement) CCTV coverage of the area, nor will they encourage loitering or vagrancy," he said.

"Unfortunately there are no indigenous trees which provide the same advantages as the exotic stone pines."

The ficus trees on the Parade are to be moved elsewhere in the city when the pines are planted this month in a double row around the Parade, as shown in old photographs. - Sapa
 

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They should link a water feature to the castle moat and create something similar to the water feature in the area around darling harbour, sydney (Ill see if i can get pics). Its basically a flowing channel of water that runs into the harbour but its very shallow with intersting bridges and setepping stones and a constant relation between the pedestrians and the water.
 

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They should link a water feature to the castle moat and create something similar to the water feature in the area around darling harbour, sydney (Ill see if i can get pics). Its basically a flowing channel of water that runs into the harbour but its very shallow with intersting bridges and setepping stones and a constant relation between the pedestrians and the water.
possible. we all know what a canal can do to an area,look at the roggebaai canal.
 
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