Cape Town 2025: Urban Form and Infrastructure

Nisa Mammon
PDF, 2005

Input paper for Cape Town 2025, a project for the City of Cape Town.

This paper expounds the need to return to a normative position in post apartheid Cape Town that engenders a developmental agenda from the highest political levels to the immediacy of critical delivery, including accessing the needs of local people. It argues for a long term view on making urban form and infrastructure to a level of such robustness and flexibility that it can change as it must, yet remain timeless in its fundamental make-up. The paper examines the urban form and infrastructure of Cape Town twenty years hence, i.e. to 2025, based on two scenarios: the Business As Usual (BAU) scenario and the Sustainable Development (SD) scenario.

The following key questions are investigated in the context of achieving an appropriate urban form and infrastructure that would begin to contribute to inequality/ poverty reduction, integrated and sustainable urban development in Cape Town.

  • What are the likely prospects in terms of urban form and infrastructure for Cape Town by 2025?
  • What are these prospects likely to mean for poverty/ inequality reduction, integrated and sustainable urban form?
  • What alternatives are available to Cape Town for a constructive future by 2025 that will fundamentally and positively impact poverty/ inequality reduction, integrated and sustainable urban form?
  • What are the key pathways or interventions around which city-wide coalitions can cohere to bring about a positive and sustainable urban form and infrastructure for Cape Town?

The paper considers a number of sectors that influence urban form and infrastructure, including public facilities, places and open spaces, roads and transport as well as housing.

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