Globally, underpasses are being transformed into active, bright communal urban spaces. In Bellville, Cape Town, the Tienie Meyer underpass is a dark, unsafe environment for pedestrians, commuters and traders.
Bellville is Cape Town’s secondary city. The Bellville public transport interchange (PTI) hosts around 400 000 trips every day, with commuters and travellers arriving on multiple modes of transport from across the Cape Town metropole. The underpass is located adjacent to the PTI, and is a pedestrian route leading from the PTI into the Bellville CBD. In addition, Bellville hosts an active informal trading economy, and around 500 students who live in residences throughout the year.
Transforming the Tienie Meyer underpass from a dark, hostile, unsafe underpass into a positive, welcoming and attractive pedestrian-friendly space on an important pedestrian route from one of the busiest public transport interchanges in the Western Cape
The underpass holds the potential for opportunities for economic activity and life in public spaces. This session seeks radical, creative but implementable solutions to bring the underpass to life, using colour, texture, infrastructure and lighting.
The outcomes from the session will be used to inform the development of a cohesive public realm strategy in Bellville. Importantly, the session will encourage the participation of members of the Bellville community who come from all walks of life.
Hosted by: The Greater Tygerberg Partnership, South Africa