Hanover Park is a neighbourhood overshadowed by its reputation as a violent community. It is inaccessible to anybody other than gangsters and the community become daily victims to these illegal activities. Hanover Park is a community in dire need of revitalisation. They want to redefine their space into a safe place where Quality of Life is key.
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Hanover Park is a suburb on the Cape Flats. It was established in 1969, after families living in areas such as District Six, Claremont, and Newlands were relocated into primarily council rental accommodation provided by the municipality. The relocation of people into these multi-family units destabilized old community networks and contributed to the gradual increase of gang-based territoriality. This former dormitory area is now primarily residential, with very little economic activity. Also due to its apartheid planning logic, Hanover Park is spatially disconnected from the rest of the city by vast mobility routes, neglected wide open spaces and large school sites on its fringes.
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Hanover Park, to the untrained eye, is generally uniform and monotonous. Its dormitory layout provides little opportunity for self-expression or community ownership. The prevalence of this view allows social dysfunction to thrive; particularly through the omnipresence of gangs throughout the area. It is also characterized by a lack of adequate social facilities, and quality public spaces.
However, if you look closer, creativity, entrepreneurship, public engagement and hope are alive in Hanover Park. The community want to redefine the negative vision of Hanover Park, and work together to reduce gang violence and the sense of lack that is there. Through a series of in-depth community engagement processes, it was agreed that the redevelopment of the Hanover Park Town Centre was a priority project.
In line with this vision, the City of Cape has identified Hanover Park as one of several key priority areas in the Mayoral Urban Regeneration Programme [MURP], and is one of the first settlements where the VPUU approach and methodology has been replicated by the City of Cape Town.
or this project, MURP has partnered with VPUU to facilitate and lead a co-design process. This will guide the planning and design work of the project, alongside parallel project management support. The co-design process started in May 2017, and is scheduled to continue until late 2018. The project is ongoing with VPUU in collaboration with MURP, the Hanover Park Steering Committee, City of Cape Town and Western Cape Government departments.
*INFOGrAPHIC OF CO-DESIGN PROCESS? HOW DOES IT WORK?
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In support of VPUU’s ‘cohesion’ strategy block, we will provide financial administration to support MURP in coordinating the Hanover Park Social Development Fund (SDF). This fund supports community stakeholder projects that activate spaces within the community. For instance, you can read about here how this fund has supported community projects in other areas (write SDF success story)
INFOGRPAHIC- WHAT IS THE SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT FUND? HOW DOES IT WORK?
VPUU will also provide Urban Design plans to enhance the City of Cape Town Hanover Park Public Investment Framework, develop a Precinct Plan for the Hanover Park Town Centre and project manage the production of architectural design services by select service providers for a planned facility in Hanover Park Town Centre.
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