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Harrington Imaginings: Media School & Pedestrian Friendly Culture Hub




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This week we take a look at some of the works which emerged from the honours architecture studio entitled Flaneur, Space, Time run by Adam Lee Casey at the University of Cape Town last year. These inspiring and thought provoking works have been compiled into a book which is both graphically inspiring as well as thought provoking.

Follow the links for further information of each project as well as an online perusal of the book itself.

We asked each student contributor to sum up their project starting with the line ‘Imagine if Harrington Square…’ , accompanied by a graphic that best sums up their buildings, this is what they had to say :

Mia Borman

Imagine if Harrington Square was the cultural design hub of Cape Town – the heart of the Mother City’s creative community. A public space where the built fabric would be designed to accommodate the pedestrian, where the flanuer defines how the space is used. Designed to give back public space on the ground and house a creative district in it’s built form, the Cultural Design Lab would be a site
where artists, creatives and designers can enrich the city and its public through the means of their work.

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Arno Van Wyk

Imagine Harrington Square as a cultural media hub, a centre where information is broadcast out to the public/city. It becomes an urban object that transforms the perception of public space and engages in the discourse of the human body vs. the build fabric. Through the function of the project, as a media school, for journalist and photographers, the idea is that Harrington Square becomes an amalgamation of information that creates a platform for the co-existence of eclectic culture. The building is not static, but rather a kinetic energy which reaches out towards the city.

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  • Gareth

    “The building is not static, but rather a kinetic energy which reaches out towards the city.” Wonderful and powerful narrative. Nice !