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Friday Oct 18, 2013

New ideas for Cape Town's unfinished freeway

Cape Town's unfinished freeway, now popular in film and fashion shoots, could be used as a cemetery or a lofty spot to farm cabbages.

These are just some of the imaginative suggestions sent to the city in the past few months, says Brett Herron, the city's mayoral committee member for transport.

Another idea is to turn the freeway, into a water feature with water cascading over the edges.

Rashiq Fataar, of the Future Cape Town think tank, said other ideas included turning it into giant waterslides, or using the space to construct a modern skatepark.

A survey by Future Cape Town earlier this year showed considerable support for removing cars from the freeway so that the two unjoined ends could be converted into a green space for pedestrians and cyclists. Respondents were also keen to see an amphitheatre or museum.

Herron said he had passed all the ideas he received on to the faculty of engineering and the built environment at UCT where about 250 students from five departments are working on proposals for the unfinished freeways and the Foreshore.

This Future Foreshore project, in partnership with the City of Cape Town, is a Design Capital 2014 initiative.

The students have been given carte blanche to come up with ideas that will transform the derelict precinct into a vibrant, mixed- use public space.

Herron said the city would decide on the fate of the unfinished freeway by April, after a public exhibition of UCT's proposals and 'an intensive public dialogue'.

The city would then move ahead with its conceptual brief so that a team of experts could be appointed.

Although Capetonians will have to wait a few months to see exactly what the students have come up with, ideas include hotels, canals, monorails, water towers, residential flats and affordable housing.

Cape Argus


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