The City of Cape Town’s Municipal Spatial Development Framework identifies Tafelsig as a cultural precinct. Our Future Cities aimed to create a community-led placemaking initiative through tactical urbanism in Tafelsig, though community arts engagements, urban greening and the revitalisation of two key public spaces in the precinct.
A workshop was held with the objective of creating a community-based placemaking toolkit, in order to address the needs of marginalised communities in the area, and to implement multiple flexible small-scale interventions to activate the public space. The objective of the Tafelsig Beautification Initiative was to create valuable public space through redesigning and greening a park.
The project demonstrates that creating beautiful public spaces does not require huge budgets. All it takes is the community coming together to improve the space – “with community initiative and a plan, you are already halfway there”.
What has been achieved
Alignment with IUDF
Spatial integration: collaboration across various disciplines and members of the target community. Inclusion and access: creating common spaces and forums, community participation in public placemaking.
Growth: opportunities to create jobs for local community members in placemaking, using the EPWP
Governance: democratisation of public space by community-led decision-making and dialogue, and establishment of a network of city officials, multi-disciplinary specialists and community members with the common interest in developing public spaces in Tafelsig.
Government: ward councillor
Civil Society: community in Tafelsig; Our Future Cities (NGO)
Business: donations from V&A Waterfront, Trees SA, ROCLA and PPC 3