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motheo motlhabi

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rehabilitating scarred post - industrial landscapes: investigating adaptive reuse as a strategy for dilapidated mining structures in the bushveld igneous complex

The dissertation examines the effects of industrial built environments in post-mining areas, with an emphasis on engineering, research, and technology, as well as its detachment from architecture. Without architecture, deteriorating industrial environments struggle to support society and improve quality of life. There must be an interdependence between the ecological and built environments.

The closure of mining sectors affects mining towns and their associated communities. Due to the closure of these productive industrial built environments, nodal scars and dilapidated structures remain within the landscape. Alternative industry diversification will be investigated as an implementation framework to ensure community sustainability and prosperity. This can be undertaken in tandem with the use of existing heritage industrial infrastructure which can be readapted when mine shafts close.

The study investigates the feasibility of restoring a dilapidated mine shaft in Marikana, North West Province, South Africa. Abandoned industrial elements can be repurposed as bridges between nature and society. Using regenerative design, Marikana's geological past will be mirrored in its geological present. Without remembering and renewing this scarred landscape, rehabilitation is impossible.

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