Cape Town Foreshore Model
I was commissioned to create a large model of the Foreshore area that would form the centrepiece of an exhibition. At 1:200, the model measured 9.6 by 8.1 meters.
The exhibition was the culmination of research and design exploration conducted by students from the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment at the University of Cape Town. The university worked in conjunction with the City of Cape Town to explore design solutions for the Foreshore area. The exhibition was an official event of the Cape Town World Design Capital 2014.
The Foreshore area of Cape Town was reclaimed from the sea from the 1930’s, partly in conjunction with the creation of the Duncan Dock. In the 1960s, an elevated freeway structure through the area was proposed as part of a ring road concept for central Cape Town. Many schemes were considered. The first phases were designed and constructed during the 1970s. The designs did not incorporate any wider urban planning and design considerations. The proposals focused solely on now outdated traffic engineering solutions. The final design connected freeways to Sea Point and Buitengracht St, but not all of this was completed. The unfinished hanging highways are a reminder of those times and cause for much criticism.
The model was made out of laser cut corrugated cardboard. The process is described on the left.