The purpose of the study was to establish a new place order in the transport grain for taxis through a design that will suit the urban context. It attempts to render taxis and their associated facilities preferable and acceptable for the city user and bystander. The relationship between time and movement was studied to generate a design concept that depicts the path of the user as an experience of comfort and convenience. A quantitative and qualitative method was applied. The study examined current taxi ranks through case studies, site visits, interviews and discussions. This information was interpreted within an urban scope. The process of elimination defined the urban taxi facility. Certain requirements gained prominence to achieve the aim of a sustainable multi-functional facility with the user as primary focus. The main conclusion was that architects have a responsibility towards the environment, and should design spaces that display a relationship between human and nature thereby creating a new typology for taxi facilities.
Dissertation (MArch(Prof))--University of Pretoria, 2010.