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martiens maritz

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leftover space: designing urban space by generating connections between architecture and urbanism

A substantial amount of literature has been written about the Modern Movement and its effects on modern day urban planning. This dissertation document contributes to the study of Cape Town in connection with its development, reminiscent of Modernism’s role in creating meaningless, unfriendly leftover spaces. This study is undertaken to provide viable solutions through the means of urban strategies and architecture in redesigning these leftover spaces.

From a holistic approach the dissertion explores the advent and evolution of various spatial characteristics imbedded within cities. These studies are undertaken to understand the different influences which generated positive and negative spatial features within past and present cities. By exploring the root cause and development of these existing characteristics within urban environments accentuate the multitude of nuances to consider when designing successful urban environments, especially concerning the well-being and sustainability of future generations.

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