The Greater Tygerberg Partnership (GTP) and the Dutch Alliance for Sustainable Urban Development in Africa (DASUDA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to initiate the Tyger Design Lab.
The GTP has signed the first of many international partnership agreements. Collaborating with DASUDA in starting up the Tyger Design Lab, which will be located within the Voortrekker Road Corridor. The Lab will also serve as a public meeting point, information centre with communal facilities together with office space for the core team.
The GTP is tasked with the regeneration of the Greater Tygerberg region and specifically to focus initially on the Voortrekker Road Corridor and Bellville Central Areas. DASUDA is a Dutch Foundation and urban solutions platform that promotes integral urban development in Africa, based on Dutch knowledge and experience in urban sustainability. DASUDA offers specific knowledge and expertise from its Dutch and local partner companies promoting an integrated, holistic and multidisciplinary approach to sustainable urban development and design.
“The Tyger Design Lab will be a place where we can plan, create, disseminate and oversee the implementation of innovative ideas, plans and projects in the Voortrekker Road Corridor, Greater Tygerberg and Belleville region,” says Robert van Kats of DASUDA.
The Lab will be used for the preparation of concept designs, master plans, urban design frameworks for major strategic land development sites, district and precinct regeneration plans and thematic design areas including transit malls, station redevelopments, open space systems and design guidelines for building and public space development, amongst others.
“Design is being seen as a tool to test, integrate and leverage the development programs in the Voortrekker Road Corridor and Bellville Central and to inspire and engage all possible partners in the regeneration task for the coming years,” says Lindsey Jones, COO of the GTP. “We hope that this exciting partnership will take the themes and projects in the Regeneration Framework into its next phase. Jointly and collectively we can stimulate urban regeneration and facilitate local social and economic development,” says Lindsey.