Client: Diepsloot Community, Johannesburg Development Authority
Collaborators: Global Studio 2007, 2008, 2009, Sticky Situations, WASSUP, Hlanganani Consulting, Johannesburg City Council, WITS, Daniel Griffin, Mathew Miller, Anna Rubbo, Genevieve Blanchett
The Diepsloot Green Infrastructure Plan was designed to provide the strategy for the layout of environmental infrastructure for an informal settlement in Johannesburg, South Africa. The aim of the masterplan was to provide a democratic vision for a future layout whilst suggesting ways in which implementation could be carried out in flexible ways by local residents, also generating small business opportunities. The masterplan was created by TYRRELLSTUDIO, and incorporated community consultation and small scale projects undertaken by the Global Studio over a three year period.
The TYRRELLSTUDIO design proposed that the key catalyst projects should be strategically placed bridge connections which generated nodes of community activity around them. Several of the proposed bridges have now been constructed with detailed engineering design by Hlanganani Consulting and funding from the Johannesburg Development Authority. The tyrrellstudio plans and the Global Studio work continues to shape the development of the green infrastructure of the developing township.
The Diepsloot Environmental Masterplan was awarded the Australian national prize for unbuilt landscape architecture ‘Unlandscaped’ in 2009. The jury report was as follows:
Unlandscaped 2009 Jury Report
“Of the more than fifty projects entered in Unlandscaped 2009, this project resonated the most strongly with the jury. It operates on a number of scales and proposes a convincing way forward for the Diepsloot community. Through a series of precise, well-designed landscape gestures, the project goes beyond environmental indices and normative community consultation. The surgical precision of the design gestures mediates top down and bottom up urban design strategies. The project has a middle ground that appreciates the way in which the design will be appropriated by the community. The designer has considered the complexity of this place through careful observation of the innate qualities of informal settlements – it is not an aesthetic clean-up. The project accepts informality and spatial appropriation as part of its conceptual framework and at the same time encourages ecologically relevant infrastructures. The project is not just altruistic – it finds dignity and value in the informal.”
Jury: Jane Irwin, Cameron Bruhn, SueAnne Ware, Charles Anderson, Mark Fuller, Garth Patterson