Tshwane is a city that is expanding eastwards. In the process, valuable cultural and ecological landscapes are being neglected. These unique landscapes, which contain critical environmental assets, could be made attractive to the general public and thus should be protected wherever possible. The expansion of the city is inevitable. While cities need to accommodate more people, they should also provide socially and culturally enriching outdoor spaces.
This study uses landscape architecture and regenerative theory to suggest ways of making post-industrial sites productive again. The Hazeldean dairy; a site of cultural significance, environmental assets and physical charm, is in danger of becoming a deteriorating and forgotten landscape. The hypothesis argues that that by adapting to current social, economic and sustainable requirements, a new and living landscape can be created. This would prevent Hazeldean from becoming a characterless buffer between surrounding property developments.
The design interventions proposed for the Hazeldean farm should enhance its historical and ecological value and attract visitors to the property for many different reasons, throughout the year. Ultimately, Hazeldean should endure as a physical and socially valuable asset within the rapidly expanding city of Tshwane.
Dissertation ML(Prof)--University of Pretoria, 2014