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THE BRYANSTON ISSUE
Fuel crisis ini ates dras c change
step-by-step guide on how to cope
transport of the future
Free Suburban Slipstream card with this issue!
public suburb life regenera on.
Just a few Saturdays ago,we a empted to go for a jog, taking the labrador with for the run. Tripping, jumping and breaking abruptly on the road as the X5s zoomed past created an experience which took us back to the image of man somewhere in the harsh wilderness, struggling for his survival - an image which one should really never be assimilated to that of a supposely ‘calm and in mate suburb’! In the current, or should we say soon-tobe-past suburbs, perhaps only seeing the porposals for the new suburban interven on on the streetlight billboards seem somewhat hopeful in the
his issue marks embarks on one of the greatest leaps towards improvement of public life for us in the suburbs, and stands as one of the rst sources of documenta on of what surely will be called the ‘Reburbia Renaissance’; to be talked about, analysed and remembered for genera ons to come as a period of
1 the scenario facing us FUEL CRISIS 2 A CHANGE get around IN ROUTINE the new way to
SURBURBAN 3 social bicycles in theSLIPSTREAM suburbs
current deterioring suburban enviroronment. SOLAR 4 transport ofTAXIS the future
But thankfully, we see suburban life advancing towards its long awaited and it’s as the human once again takes charge of the community.
revival charging of energy crea vity
We’ve covered the details of the global economic situa on, and given you direc ons (quite literally, actually!) for - we walk you through your new, soon-to-be-habit beginning at the revolu onary system, through to the network, conne ng in turn to greater public transport systems including the BRT and Gautrain systems.
your way forward journey through the city, Slipstream-Sta on Solartaxi
5 PUBLICand BRT links IN JOBURG TRANSPORT Gautrain
We also highlight the exci ng new aspects of streetlife, and even more importantly the
metamorphorical poten al
6 live, work andINTERVENTIONS GARAGE play from your own garage
of your now obsolete garage space...we give you the ideas to gorw your own suburb life!
Ci zens have to start making use of public transport, with the Gautrain and BRT systems already in place an addi onal public transport system is required to link up the suburbs to the other routes... ...countries have been allocated a fuel allowance which requires South Africa to ban the use of privately owned cars
...a solar powered taxi-like service is proposed for this purpose
As a result of the global warming crisis and the increase in carbon emissions...
People are depending more on their local neighbourhood communi es and a bicycle sharing system has been implemented to assist with movement in the suburban areas
...or the garage can be reinvented into an o ce, restaurant, shop etc. Crea ng a new interface between public and private
Because there are no cars, garages can either be reincorporated back into the house as addi ons...
A Change in Rou ne
The new shape the rou ne of an average suburban dweller will take
Your house will be considered the star ng point for your daily journey You could walk or use any other form of pedestrian movement eg. rollerblades to get to a required des na on in close proximity to your house.
You could either take a bicycle parked in one of the docking sta ons outside your house or collect one from your closest bicycle terminal by using your Suburban Slipstream card to ride to your required des na on
A des na on could be a solar taxi stop along any of the main arterial routes within your suburb
You could use one of the Suburban Slipstream bicycles for exercise purposes
With the new in ux of facili es in a close neighbourhood context your des na on might be another address within your suburb. There are small bicycle docking sta ons outside each house at which you could collect a bicycle to con nue your journey
The BRT and Gautrain systems can be used to travel further distances for des na ons outside of your immediate suburb
This allows you to travel into and around the CBD
This allows inter-suburb commu ng
View of the Intersec on Sta on and Taxi Route View of the Garage Sta on and secondary suburban road
The streetscape found at the intersec ons along the taxi routes depicts life in the suburbs as a vibrant, ac ve, moving space; where people interchange on their various transporta on routes and perhaps stop at the adjacent Grown Garage, such as Vida e Ca e is found here. These nodes act as the highest, most energised areas in the new suburb. Note the Solar Taxi on the le stopping to pick up pedestrians wai ng at the sta on, while people walk and cycle past on the sidewalk.
The secondary suburban roads, serving only for pedestrian and cycling circula on, create a calm, homely environment along the street space. At the centre of the road, a spaced reclaimed from cars, a vegetable gardening stand can be placed, which would help to serve the community on their journey to self-sustainablility in their suburbs. Programme occuring at the Grown-Garage nodes can spill out into the now safe, calm streets, such as in the children’s care centre shown below.
Coming soon to an address near you!
A network of solar powered taxi will run along main arterial routes within the suburbs which will ful ll the link between the bicycle system and brt and gautrain routes Solar Taxi Features:
• • • • Powered by roof-mounted solar cells Has an interac ve built in mapping system Easy disability access Modern comfortable interiors
Routes and Schedule
The taxis will run 24hrs a day with higher concentra on during peak hours There will be no strict me schedule allowing me exibility for convienience Taxis will stop to collect and drop o passengers at bicycle pick up points and garage stops
There are three di erent taxi sizes in the system - the 3-wheeler to travel the cycling routes for those who cannot cycle, the four-seater and the ten seater
Since private cars will be prevented to being on the road, the garagespace on private suburban stands beome obsolete. However, via the sugges ons made accross the folloing pages, the previous garage space poses great opportunity to contribu ng to the private house, or more e ec vely the street. This diagram demonstrates the the process of decisions one can now make, allowing one to take crea ve control over their street, or house adap on.
Extraversion: Garage reclaimed as public space eg Garage Sale
Exis ng House
Introversion: garage reclaimed as part of the house
Interior Addi ons
Water Storage Tank A necessary and also subsidised facility, this could be place of storage of water captured by down slopes on the proposed bu er y roof or downpipes from conven onal at roofs. The water could then be used in sinks, WC or watering of the proposed vegetable garden. This component help create an interlinked, sustainable micro-environment around the garage space.
Sink The addi on of this amenity improves the mul purpose capabili es of the garage; one can either use the sink in the domes c sense as part of a rental co age, or one can use it can be use in the kitchen of a restaurant, or for messy ac vi es as in a playschool. Adding the sink not only allows one to be able to do certain ac vi es in the previous garage space than never before, but also makes the space exible should the programme of the space change.
Solar Panel Also a necessary as well as subsidised facility, this component could be placed on the slope of the exis ng pitched roof, or the slope of the bu er y roof, r can be adjusted to suit at roof surfaces. It could generate electricity to heat the hot water in the building, or used to power other electrical requirements such as ligh ng. The electricity generated means the op on to be freed from the provision of municipal electricity, allowing independence and possible growth in the interlinked, sustainable micro-environment around the garage space, as men oned before.
Entrance Door The addi on of a door to the exis ng adjacent property (if not already exis ng) can create a connec on between the otherwise isolated resident with the now public garage space.
Vegetable Patch or Trellis This is an encouraged and subsidised component to be added to your garage space; where common fast growing vegetable such as tomato or carrot can be grown either in boxes placed somewhere on the sunny side of the building, or ver cally on a trellis, as is show in the ‘addi onal storey’ component. This allows one to become slightly more self-su cient in the suburb, and also promotes trade between the various producers and consumers. growth in the interlinked, sustainable micro-environment around the garage space, as men oned before.
Subdivisions Preferably temporary par oning or alterna vely solid walls may be added to the interior space, crea ng perhaps more in mate, useful spaces within the double-garage space.
Shipping Container Since the prevention of private cars from the streets, the sales imports of new cars will plummet, leaving a redundancy in a huge amount of existing shipping containers previously used on transport of cars from foreign countries. Since many of them offer a manageably, flexible space, one could consider adding this to one’s garage, essentially growing it in volume.
Flat Roof The use of a flat roof creates an additional platform of space, however also an outdoor one which is superimposed over the interior garage space. This outdoor space can be used as a veggie gardener additional outdoor recreational space, either way somewhat bringing more of the natural environment through the garage spaces.
Unused Caravan Since many citizens who had car-driven spaces such as the caravan or trailer, they become unusable without their ability for mobility. However, one could retrofit them and adapt them to the existing garage space, once again growing the garage in volume.
Butterfly roof The butterfly roof is primarily used in this context to capture water from its slopes, which in turn would go to a water storage tank, and then likely to plant-watering. This roof type therefore promotes very effectively a sense for sustainability of resource and energy design.
Carport The envelope of space that once protected one’s car also now stands obsolete – however should one decide to incorporate it into the revival of the garage space, one could create outdoor, yet shaded special envelope.
Additional Storey The addition of a storey on the conventional single-storey garage space creates an increase of density of the area, without creating a greater footprint. This allows for cheaper space creation and therefore more activity-promotion.
we’re spreading through the suburbs
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