The benefits of improving a public space – such as die Braak

2 December 2019

the Braak

Stellenbosch is a town and not a city, but it is worthwhile to take note of the wealth of newly published research and incentives that focus on improving urban areas. (A definition for the word city is somewhat elusive and, as Sudjic Deyan explains in his fascinating book The Language of Cities – it can describe almost any size human settlement.) The principles underlying new research is valid for any city or town. An example is the United Nations’s New Urban Agenda, which was in the spotlight on the 31st of October, International Cities Day. This year’s theme focused on how well-planned innovations can improve life in urban areas, for instance by reducing inequalities, promoting sustainable economic growth, improving human health and well-being, fostering resilience and by protecting the environment.

A recent study outlines how investments in public spaces correspond with economic growth and increased employment. In the long run, this can reduce inequality and facilitate a more inclusive atmosphere.

A man enters offices run by WeWork in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. September 30, 2019. REUTERS/Mark Makela – RC133CF45620

Another article on the guiding principles for creating vibrant public spaces emphasises that the goal of building an inclusive community should inform how we plan, design and arrange public spaces.

Public toilets in Zuzhai Village

 

Ireading Cultural Space – ArchDaily

In Stellenbosch the mayor had invited the public to submit proposals on how to upgrade Die Braak.

Leave a Reply