Town Planning Companies in South Africa

Town Planning Companies in South Africa Driving Urban Renewal Projects Why is there a Need for Urban Renewal Projects? Just as with human beings, advancing age tends to be accompanied by the visible signs of decline, the same tendency to deteriorate over the years is equally evident in the various structures that comprise the settlements that they are responsible for. The gold rush saw such settlements appear almost overnight to house the many hopefuls in search of the precious yellow metal and the merchants to provide their needs, only to become ghost towns once the veins of ore became exhausted. Even though the effects may be less extreme and take longer to become evident, the changing needs, financial status and habits of its citizens will inevitably result in a negative impact on some areas within a given city. Although ours may be a relatively young country by international standards, given its recent economic woes, housing shortage, widespread unemployment, and the mass incursions from impoverished rural areas, many of the towns and cities in South Africa have been displaying the tell-tale signs of such decay for quite some time. This is prompting calls to the nation’s town planning companies to investigate the feasibility of urban renewal projects and the requirements for their effective implementation. What do these Projects entail? Though, perhaps, something of an oversimplification, the basic goal of these projects is to reverse the decline. To do so will entail not just the comparatively simple task of repairing, replacing, or extending any of the physical structures and utility services that may have deteriorated, but the far more demanding, yet...

Town Planning Consultants in South Africa

The important Role of Town Planning Consultants in South Africa A brief History In common with most occupations, the job of town planning consultants has steadily evolved, not just in South Africa, but in every country across the world where these specialist planners operate. Far from being a new concept, a Greek philosopher by the name of Hippodamus is generally accredited as having been the world’s first individual to pursue this profession and was regarded as the father of the science by no less a figure than Aristotle himself. As far back as the 5th century BC, he was claimed to be responsible for the typical orthogonal layout adopted by urban settlements of the period. Romans also recognised the importance of a planned layout, adopting a rectilinear pattern with the forum and city services at its centre. Even today, this layout of essentially square blocks of buildings arranged between streets in a chequerboard pattern remains popular. More recently, however, there have been some doubts about the likelihood that Hippodamus could have been the first of the world’s town planning consultants. These doubts have surfaced following the discovery of similar layouts in ancient Egyptian remains that appear to predate the philosopher’s contribution. In practice, although many cities of the time were simply left to grow organically, there is evidence of efforts to formalise the layout and construction of settlements that dates back to an even earlier period and is to be seen in the remains of many of the Minoan and Mesopotamian cities of the pre-classical era, as well as in a particularly detailed account of a planned city layout...