City Think Space is a specialist urban design, city planning, urban strategy and project packaging consultancy in Cape Town, South Africa. We provide innovative, creative and sustainable solutions for the urban development arena based on the principles and application of integrated, sustainable development. Our aim is to make a positive, design led contribution to the transformation, regeneration and rebuilding of Africa’s cities, towns and villages.


Spatial Planning

Cape Town Catalytic Projects CT Metropolitan Area,

Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

COMPLETION DATE: November 2011
CLIENT: Department of Transport and Public Works

The Cape Town Catalytic Projects Matrix aims to provide spatial logic for integrating and aligning a number of catalytic projects run by the City of City of Cape Town and the Provincial Government of Western Cape.

The City of Cape Town and the Provincial Government of the Western Cape are involved in a number of ambitious projects, located all over the city and driven by many different departments.  Currently these projects are undertaken in an isolated manner, and as a result, miss out on opportunities to collaborate in a mutually beneficial way, which could include sharing resources, budgets and information and aligning project timelines.

The catalytic projects matrix is a framework for co-ordinating projects based on the spatial logic of the landscape and mobility systems of Cape Town, as reflected in approved plans and frameworks. Further to this, the matrix aims to provide a mechanism for organising these projects in time.

The mobility system sets up a hierarchy of accessibility; the most easily and affordably accessible points and nodes in the system are ideal places to cluster public facilities, public spaces, public housing and parks. These nodal, highly accessible locations are the places where projects from all spheres of government can cluster, overlap and support one another to become greater than the sum of their individual parts – co-ordinated and complementary projects have the potential to be truly catalytic.


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