I wish this was…And the story begins. It is the story of a place and of what it could be in the future. In Transvaal there are many vacant and unused spaces. There are also many people who need and want things. The planning professionals could play a meaningful role in listening, understanding these different hopes and imaginations and translating them into the space.
The key word in this process is transformation. Not only the transformation of the use and function of a space but also the transformation of concepts and values. This is translated in activating vacant buildings or making wastelands productive, using temporality as a strategy in transformation processes, changing our perspectives on planning. In terms of housing strategy this approach can take the forms of restoration projects that have to respond to the impacts of climate change, to improve the energy-efficiency or to install forms of energy micro-generation; self-help housing solutions which involve people making use of empty properties and projects of adaptive re-use of vacant buildings according also to the new needs of immigrants and elder people.
It implies we, as young planning professionals, have to look at new forms of decision making, social networks, alternative production methods and new concepts of habitat: the formulation of new relations and ideas. Such new ways of planning and design also demands of us to reformulate notions in regard to financing, property and responsibility. This also asks for a shift in role, engagement and responsibilities of the public institutions, real estate companies and project developer in managing the emerging dynamics of transformation of the city. A cooperation between all these actors is fundamental for the formulation and implementation of a strategy for small scale and progressive transformation of the urban environment. In Trasnvaal we will work to activate this transformation.
Transvaal The Hague
I wish this was
Strategy for small scale and progressive transformation of the urban environment