The decision of building a mall on Princess Vlei was overturn a year ago by the City of Cape Town. This article aims to find out what happened since then and what the future hold for this iconic wetland.
“Another Light Up” brings awareness of this issue to the CBD, while providing citizens with the opportunity to help. A multi-story piece entitled “The Harvest,” was erected in District Six next to De Waal Drive; Faith47 designed and painted the mural, and ThingKing installed an intricate lighting system on top of the mural’s image.
Bold Idea: Prevent the building of a mall and transforming Princess Vlei into a successful public space. Central to this bold idea is engagement with all stakeholders, including the local communities, professionals, government, and developing a single goal for all parties for the design and use of the vlei. This is a bold idea because such convergence is sadly rare in South Africa.
A proposed shopping mall brings communities together to defend a historical body of water. Future Cape Town’s Rashiq Fataar interviews Bridget Pitt, representative of the Princess Vlei Forum, to begin to unpack the complexities of space, engagement around it, and a the role of design, as Cape Town prepares to claim its title as World Design Capital 2014.