The current model of complete separation between different industries, buildings and the public, hampers growth and sustainable development within the city. If connections can be identified between several related programmatic elements, can these work together to share and build common resources that benefit all parties involved?
The showgrounds in Pretoria West currently exist as a void in the urban fabric,
A large part of its infrastructure built for, and is now mostly only used for the annual Jacaranda Show that will now longer take place there. The role of the agricultural show within the city, however, remains a meaningful part of how the public interacts with the agricultural industry.
In order to prevent the loss of this relationship and the heritage of the showgrounds, how can a new development around the existing Champion ring retain this role as well as build on the concept of connecting related industries and the public?
The main aim of this dissertation is to investigate how architecture can address the interface between the livestock industry, research, education and the public, so that the collaboration between such programs will result in a reduced environmental impact and be of mutual benefit.
Mini Dissertation (MArchProf)--University of Pretoria, 2018.