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Active Regeneration

Re-activating Johannesburg's mining belt through a contextual regenerative theory

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Danvir Pillay

22 January 2018

University of Pretoria


Mining Towns Librarian


Municipal Capability & Partnership Programme

South Africa

This dissertation investigates the latent potential of the mining belt in Johannesburg for redevelopment using regenerative theory. It proposes 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, 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 decentralised city node. It recognises 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.


This resource is part of the Mining Towns Collection kindly sponsored by the Municipal Capability and Partnership Programme. Abstract based on source.



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Built environment

Human settlements

Land development

Land investments

Land value

Mining Towns

Mining Towns Collection

Open spaces

Planning and management

South Africa


Urban and Regional Dynamics

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