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Meeting on Sept. 16, 2008 at National Capital Planning Commission Offices

NCPC_meeting.jpgCome Play with BIMStorm at the National Capital Planning Commission offices, virtually or in person.

Schedule for Participants

Leading up to the live event, there will be a series of virtual and live presentations to prepare participants and material for the live events in September.
  • 9/9/2008 - Course to learn how use LEEDS, CPTED, Smart Codes etc.
  • 9/16/2008 - BIMStorm Live from the National Capital Planning Commission offices, Washington DC. Live Webinars throughout the day. Schedule to be announced.

Concept Sketch for Tshwane - Kenneth Walton of NCPC
Participants and delegates are encouraged to propose ideas as part of the BIMStorm.

Tshwane BIMStorm - Program Overview

Introduction and Background
The Tshwane BIMStorm charrette was conceived by NCPC, Onuma Inc., and the government of South Africa as a component of the Capitals Alliance conference to be held in Washington, DC from September 15-18. Capitals Alliance is an international forum for capital city planners. The Alliance enables a valuable exchange of information on issues and challenges that are unique to national capitals.
The Tshwane BIM Storm is an online charrette for Tshwane (also known as Pretoria), the capital city of South Africa. The South African government has decided to consolidate the national government in the center of Tshwane from several cities, including Tswhane, Cape Town and Johannesburg. One of the goals of the government building program is to spur private sector development throughout underutilized areas around the inner city.
Primary Objectives
Identify public improvements, particularly sites for national government facilities, parks, and infrastructure Create/facilitate opportunities for private sector development Propose solutions that promote a more environmentally sustainable city
Team Assignments
The BIMStorm will recommend capital and open space improvements for the inner city of Tshwane, roughly bounded by the shaded area in image 1. Particular focus will be placed on four (or five?) development districts. The South African government selected these districts because they represent key opportunities to establish an identity to the South African capital and spur the development of underutilized portions of the city.
Because of the size of the study area and the variety of opportunities and challenges in the area, teams will focus on one theme or district. However this doesn’t preclude any team from contributing to other aspects. The individual assignments have been identified as follows:
  • Parks and environmental improvements (entire study area)
  • Transportation improvements (entire study area)
  • District 1: Geological Gardens
  • District 2: Church Square
  • District 3: Marabastad
  • District 4: Salvokop/Gautrain Station
The goals, opportunities, challenges, assets, and constraints for each assignment are summarized in the following section. Background documents can be found at: ftp://www.tshwane.gov.za/shapefiles_BIM
South Africans have established a three-fold vision for Tshwane defined by the following:
  • The seat of government
  • Environmental, functional and institutional excellence
  • Custodian and showcase of South African culture
To achieve this vision, the government identified seven building blocks:
  • Define the capital core
  • Strengthen the government precinct
  • Support mixed-use private sector development
  • Develop cultural identity and tourism
  • Create a quality public environment
  • Provide for integration of movement
  • Ensure effective city management
Based on the government’s identified goals and using standards from other world capitals, BIMStorm organizers have identified a set of quantifiable and achievable targets for this charrette (specific number have not yet been identified).
A. Building Space
  • Government Office - 1.2 million square meters
  • Commercial Office– ## square meters
  • Mixed Use - ## square meters
  • Residential - ## square meters
  • Cultural/Entertainment - ## square meters
B. Environmental Sustainability
  • Parkland - ## acres of publicly-accessible open space
  • Stormwater retention - % of pervious versus impervious surfaces
  • Environmentally-friendly buildings - ## of (LEED) certified buildings
  • Transit-accessibility - % of blocks less than ¼ kilometer from premium transit
  • Bike-accessibility - % of blocks are less than ¼ kilometer from a bike lane
  • Density - ## of office space per square mile / persons per square kilometer
  • Green roofs - ## of buildings with green roofs
  • Tree canopy - % covered by trees
C. Other
  • Trails - ## kilometers of interconnected bike/walking trails
  • Transit - ## kilometers of dedicated transit
  • Memorials/Museums - ## sites
  • View corridors - ## corridors
Overview of Site(s)
Inner City Tshwane General
  • The inner city is generally framed between two east-west mountain ranges and two north-south rivers. Most private development has been invested in the eastern portion of the city. The government hopes to leverage public development to spur private development in the western and southern portions of the city.
  • The government has determined that Church Street and Paul Kruger Street constitute the “Axis of Expression” and should become prominent boulevard streets. Four “Capital Anchors” are envisioned at the termini of these streets (see Map 2).
The government would like to increase and improve the city’s parkland and public space opportunities, particularly along the Apres River, around Church Square, and the Axis’ termini.
  • Currently, the inner city has a range of building heights with a couple buildings reaching approximately 30 stories. For the future, the government envisions buildings between 10-15 stories in the central portion of the city, with building heights generally declining as one gets further from the center of the city.
  • The government would like to develop cultural identity and tourism potential in several areas including Marabastad, Museum Park (immediately north of Salvokop), and the along the Apies River.
  • The government would like to make Tshwane a “24-hour city,” partly by enhancing retail opportunities
  • Enhancing connections in the city, including the various neighborhoods, open spaces, transportation assets and employment centers is another important government goal
Government Sector
  • The executive mansion is located in the Union Buildings in the northeastern portion of the inner city. The legislative assembly is located in Church Square. The nation’s high court is currently located in Johannesburg (although local officials are encouraging it to move to Tshwane). Other nationally significant judicial buildings are near Church Square.
  • 35 national government departments are split up in 1.2 million square feet of space. Two thirds of the space is leased. The government has determined that its accommodations are of “poor and inconsistent quality, fragmented and inappropriate, and of questionable value for money and cost effectiveness of leases.”
  • The government’s primary objectives for its new spaces are to: improve the physical work environment, promote shared facilities (mixed-use), and improve service delivery.
  • There is a substantial amount of existing buildings—primarily concentrated around Church Square—that should be preserved, rehabilitated, or reused (see “Site Classification” document for exact locations).
  • Secure government facilities are envisioned in the Salvokop and the Geological Gardens Districts.
  • The government would like to enhance and integrate transportation modes (including pedestrian, cycling, Bus Rapid Transit, and rail transit) within Tshwane and between neighboring cities.
  • Preliminary Transit plans propose several east-west and north-south Rapid Bus routes; which are available in the background documentation.
  • Johannesburg, about 50 miles to the south is the primary airport for Tshwane.
District 1: Geological Gardens
  • Just south of the Pretoria Zoo, the Inner City’s northern terminus should become a gateway location.
  • Most of the site is underutilized; very few buildings need to be preserved. This site is underdeveloped because it formerly was slated to be the center a large highway interchange that will no longer occur.
  • Important district landmarks include the court where Nelson Mandela was tried and a historic synagogue.
  • The site should incorporate a new Nelson Mandela museum
District 2: Church Square
  • Representing the heart of the city, this site includes many important buildings, including the legislative assembly and prominent churches.
  • Since this district is largely built out, the focus of this district will be on improving the public space and other urban design qualities.
District 3: Marabastad
  • Named after a popular King, this area currently is a “highly neglected area” in between the city’s core and a neighborhood of single-story residences to the west. A large farmers market lies to the northeast of the district.
  • The “derelict” and “underutilized” land is within walking distance of most of the Inner city’s employment opportunities and its two rail stations.
  • The government is suggesting (but is open to ideas) that this site become a master-planned residential neighborhood of 3-4 story buildings and a cultural component.
District 4: Salvokop/Gautrain Station
  • Salvokop, just south of Gautrain Station is a greenfield development zone.
  • The major challenge with this district is to overcome the rail and highway barriers to connect the central employment area with Salvokop and parkland to the south.
  • The ample open space represents an significant opportunity to enhance the city’s open space assets, which is already anchored by a prominent overlook site in Freedom Park.

Scheduled events in Washington DC during the Live BIMStorm

  • 9/14/2008 - 5:00PM-6:30PM - Welcome reception House of Sweden (Swedish Embassy) 5pm to 6:30. Delegates from various capitals as part of the Capitals Alliance Conference.
  • 9/15/2008 - 9:00AM - National Press Club. Keynote Address Herbert Girardet (film maker). Green theme speaker.
  • 9/15/2008 - 10:30AM - 12:30PM - National Press Club. Panel Discussion. Green theme speakers.
  • 9/16/2008 - 8:30AM-5:00PM - National Capital Planning Commission Offices. BIMStorm Live.
  • 9/16/2008 - 5:00PM-7:30PM - National Capital Planning Commission Offices. Reception and Poster Session.
  • 9/17/2008 - 8:30AM-11:15AM - Workshop with various topics and speakers from each country.
  • 9/18/2008 - 9:00AM-11:30AM - National Building Museum. Impact of Green Design on Architecture and Public Space.
  • 9/18/2008 - 1:00PM-2:30PM - National Building Museum. Lecture Building cities that foster green goals .
  • 9/18/2008 - Evening - United Arab Emirates Embassy. Closing Reception.

Some events by invitation only. Sign up to get more information.

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