Period: 2012

Client: Urban Genesis

Value: R150,000.00

ARG Design was commissioned to create an Urban Design Framework for the development of land owned by farmers of the world-renowned Fair View wine farm. The site is located along an evolving urban corridor situated between the N1 and R101. The design intent is to transform the undeveloped land into a thriving urban village as a socio-economic empowerment venture for the members of the Fair Valley Association.

The concept design is established by an exploration of the natural typography of the site, acknowledging natural buffers and watersheds, drainage corridors and wetlands. The heart of the development includes a mixture of uses including commercial, community, education and recreational facilities connected by sustainable green corridors. Additional sustainable design strategies include an on site waste treatment facility, rainwater harvesting and reuse and design guidelines to encourage sustainable building design.

The vision is motivated by a desire to create a place that supports the diverse needs of residents through a holistic approach to development, exists as a repository of best practice in sustainable and regenerative urban design, encourages social cohesion and instills a sense of pride for residents.