The Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment (EBE) at UCT has partnered with the City of Cape Town to develop innovative ideas to resuscitate a neglected part of the central City – the north Foreshore precinct.
A World Design Capital (WDC) 2014 initiative, the Future Foreshore project is a first for both the University and the City, and is seeing students from different departments in the faculty collaborate to unlock the potential of the derelict area.
Following an exhibition of the student projects in April 2014, the City will then decide how to take the project forward. Professor Vanessa Watson, Deputy Dean of EBE, says that the project came about at the end of 2012 when the University was approached by the City of Cape Town’s Department of Transport with a proposal to work together on a vision for an area of the city to go forward as a WDC project.
“We saw it as a great opportunity for us to partner with the city on a live project, but also to try and pull all departments in the faculty together on an interdisciplinary project – this has never before been done on such a large scale, with over 250 students and five departments participating,” she says.