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17 Apr 2018 Tags: c40 reinventing cities initiative City of Cape Town C40 Cities

The City of Cape Town is seeking to transform underutilised areas within the Cape Town CBD and is inviting all architects, urban planners, designers, developers, entrepreneurs, environmentalists, start-ups, neighbourhood collectives, innovators and artists to participate in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

The call is a result of the City’s participation in the C40 Reinventing Cities initiative; an unprecedented global competition initiated by the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group. The initiative calls for urban projects to drive carbon-neutral and resilient urban regeneration across the globe and is aimed at implementing the most innovative ideas to transform underutilised sites into beacons of sustainability and resiliency.

On its website, the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group describes itself as a network of the world’s megacities committed to addressing climate. At present, 19 cities to date (including Cape Town) have collaboratively identified 49 underutilised spaces to redevelop, including several empty plots of various sizes and abandoned buildings, historical mansions, underused markets, a former airport site, car parks and an abandoned incinerator and landfill site.

As part of the competition, the City of Cape Town has identified five City owned-sites that it hopes to make available to innovative designers and implementers for carbon neutral development proposals. These include a one-hectare section of South Africa’s oldest public space, the Grand Parade in the CBD and an open surface car park of approximately one hectare, located adjacent to the Cape Town Station in the Cape Town CBD along Marine Drive.

Says CCID CEO, Tasso Evangelinos: “As a city improvement district, we are certainly in support of any endeavours that promote carbon-neutral and urban regeneration. And we are pleased that two of the sites that have been made available by the City of Cape Town are within the CBD as this will further enhance our steadily growing and vibrant downtown.”

Other sites are in Ottery (corner Ottery and Old Strandfontein roads), Diep River (surrounded by Kendal, Myburgh, Greenfields and Main roads) and Bishop Lavis (adjacent to Bishop Lavis Drive and Lenton Drive).

Innovators interested in transforming these sites into beacons of sustainability and resiliency should make their submission by no later than Thursday 10 May 2018 (16h00) to the Acting City Manager, Anthony Damonze.  Expressions of interest should set out the composition of the multi-disciplinary team, outline a description of the proposed solution that responds to the ten specific environmental criteria set out in more detail here and outline the nature of the financial and legal set up of the project.  Further information about the competition, including criteria and all the candidate sites from around the world, is available on the C40 website at www.c40reinventingcities.org.

Seeing as the sites that have been made available by the City are governed by local laws relating to fixed property, all statutory processes apply. Therefore, all individuals who wish to object or comment on the proposed making available of the sites are also invited to make their submissions in writing to the office of the City’s acting manager by Thursday 10 May 2018.

All submissions to transform underutilised sites into beacons of sustainability and resiliency will be evaluated by the City’s appointed selection committee and recommended for approval to the City of Cape Town decision-making body. The preferred bidders will then be invited to participate in the second phase of the competition and will be required to submit detailed proposals. The winning projects from all over the world will be selected in early 2019. The full timeline of the competition is available here.

View the City’s application process here and the call for objection here.

Image by: C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group