The author argues the imperative of the regional landscape and the benefits of preserving experience of regional identity. The author identifies the freeway landscape as the optimal territory for one s experience of a region. The dissertation focuses on the R21 freeway route connecting O.R Tambo International Airport to the city of Pretoria. The route is well used commuter and transportation network within the region of Gauteng. The route also serves as the international gateway to South Africa.
The current condition of the roadside environment has been neglected by design. Few initiatives have been taken in considering the route as the first impression of the country. The design intervention celebrates the unique character of the Gauteng Highveld landscape in general and specifically the qualities of the landscape seen along the R21 freeway. The author identifies a series of problematic and opportune cultural, social and ecological aspects along the freeway and aims to address them through embracing the spirit of the Gauteng Highveld. The design objective is to unlock elements of the landscape that are not necessarily seen or appreciated in attempt to challenge current perceptions about beauty and aesthetics.
Mini Dissertation (ML(Prof))--University of Pretoria, 2015.