This dissertation investigates the latent potential of the mining belt in
Johannesburg through a regenerative theory, by placing a catalytic intervention
which respects the heritage of the mining belt, with a focus on the ecology and
the socio-economic value of the land has, thereby turning a liability into an asset.
This intervention is seen as the first point of acupuncture in a long rehabilitation
process and focuses on using this space to deal with context specific issues.
The proposed intervention will investigate the potential of architecture to activate a harmed dormant space in the realm of a decentralized city node. It recognizes the potential of the currently fragmented mining belt to become a gateway to the South of Johannesburg, and embraces an opportunity to restitch the urban fabric.
Mini Dissertation MArch(Prof)--University of Pretoria, 2018.