The City of Cape Town’s Urban Sustainability Unit won the 2019 Human City Design Award at a ceremony held in South Korea on Thursday September 26.
This is an international award given to designers or groups that have contributed to building a harmonious and sustainable relationship between residents and their environment. It also recognises those who tackle urban environmental issues and those who present a new vision through creative design.
This City unit won the award and with it R1.2 million in prize money, for its design of the Dunoon sports complex and the library.
The team comprises of Liezel Kruger-Fountain, Ashley Hemraj, Thaufir Davids, Marlin de Kock, Riaan Ismail and Kim Zeegers.
The Dunoon Learning and Innovation Precinct boasts a sports centre, which includes a skate park, and a state-of.the-art library which was opened by mayor Dan Plato in April.
Mayco member for spatial planning and environment, Marian Nieuwoudt, said the City officials had worked on the project for three years.
“What makes this even more remarkable is that our project was designed and implemented by City professionals only. They have beaten entries from Italy, France, Finland, Indonesia, Korea, Thailand, China, Vietnam and Singapore,” she said.
Ms Nieuwoudt said the precinct provided a blueprint for urban design in dense neighbourhoods.