Mobility in the GCR

GCRO Research Project
Edited by Chris Wray
and Graeme Gotz
2014

Read the report here

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During 2013 and 2014, I undertook research into the urban spaces created by Gauteng’s new high speed rail system, the Gautrain, to gauge the urban impact of the infrastructure intervention.

The Gauteng City-Region is beset with large-scale privatisation, securitisation, and a reliance on motorised transport. The Gautrain offered an unparalleled opportunity to foster the creation of a more public city, particularly at its station nodes.

This research undertaken with Masters in Urban Design students, who I was teaching at the time, investigated a number of stations, analysed the architectural gestures made by the station infrastructure, and the quality and opportunities inherent in their immediate vicinity to foster new publics. The results found that in most cases stations ignored their urban contexts and in no way supported a more public city. This research was published as a chapter in the GCRO’s  ‘Mobility in the Gauteng City-Region’ research report in 2014.