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Location: Khayelitsha, Cape Town, South Africa
Population: 0.4 million
Metro: 3.7 million
Context: Low-Income Settlement (formal and informal)
Area: 28,000 m²
Cost: 20 million ZAR (1.45 million USD) Includes safe walkways, lighting, urban park, active box
Funding: German Development Bank(KfW)
Max. Speed: N/A
The project is part of the Violence Prevention through Urban Upgrading (VPUU) program, which aims to address four types of exclusion (economic, cultural, social, and institutional) in low-income settlements in an effort to prevent crime.
The project was one of the first VPUU Safe Node Areas that responded to local residents’ needs to overcome high levels of crime along a primary pedestrian route, a shortcut connecting the informal settlement of Monwabisi to the local train station and schools.
The project aimed to create a series of landmark nodes with safe connectivity.
The pedestrian link connected an urban park that was previously identified by community members as one of the most unsafe areas of the neighborhood.
The Khayelitsha area now enjoys a dynamic urban park, a safe pedestrian walkway, and a public square with a series of public amenities and active boxes.
Through participatory design and development with local leadership and the relevant municipal departments, the professional team was able to transform a high-crime area into a sustainable, multifunctional public space.
Community participation in the design and implementation phases in Khayelitsha facilitated the development of designs for various components of the spaces. This enabled community participation, skills transfer, and ongoing work opportunities in the maintenance of the public spaces.
Local pride, involvement, and stewardship have been fundamental in reducing vandalism and urban violence, transforming the use and perception of the space.
Residents volunteered as security groups and participated in maintenance efforts. Many activities take place today in the new public space, which increases the eyes on the street and supports a sense of safety.
City of Cape Town, South African National Treasury, Federal German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, German Development Bank (KfW)
Citizen Associations and Nonprofits
The community of Khayelitsha, Khayelitsha Development Forum (KDF), VPUU NPC, Grassroots Soccer, Mosaic
Designers and Engineers
AHT Group AG/SUN Development Team, Tarna Klitzner Landscape Architects (TKLA), Jonker & Barnes Architects, Naylor Naylor Van Schalwyk, Talani, N2 Construction, and Ross Engineering
High-quality, long-lasting materials that are locally available.
Adapted by Global Street Design Guide published by Island Press.
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