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Illustration of a high-density housing subdivision project layout for Hoy Park, featuring BESG housing types E & F, designed for social housing recipients earning between R8000 and R12000. The plan includes a land use table for 531-600 dwelling units spread across the 8.85 Ha site.

Designing Density: Shaping the Future of Urban Living at Hoy Park


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Question: Department of civil engineering and geomatics town and reginal planning: Design and layout Project 1.1. Background The assignment for Town Planning 4 is a High Density housing Subdivision project. The project site is Hoy Park, located between Florence Nzama Street and Sylvester Ntuli Road opposite from UNISA. 1.2. Brief The brief for the project is to design a town planning layout that accommodates a high density residential. This development needs to be integrated into the surrounding area. This will be a Social Housing project where the recipient earns between R8000 and R12000. The brief for the layout is to develop high density housing, using the BESG housing types E & F. 1.3. Learning Outcomes for the study The objectives of the study is to: -Identify the key issues to be taken into account in a housing project; -Identify and respond to the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of the site and the context; -Able to produce an appropriate high density town planning layout; -Able to motivate for the proposed development. 2. Methodology In order for the project to be effectively completed, a program should be put in place listing the task requiring action and the time period for such actions. This is not required as part of the project hand-in but is a useful organising tool in managing time. Plan 1: Prepare a base plan at 1:2000 on Butcher paper (not for submission); Plan 2: Prepare a draft opportunities and constraints plan (For submission); Plan 3: Prepare a draft concept at 1:2000 (not for submission); Plan 4: Prepare a draft built form plan indicating buildings, landscaping, hardened surface at 1:2000 (not for submission); Plan 5: Prepare a Planning Layout Plan at 1:2000 with a land use table. (For submission) Plan Report: Write up a report that describes and explains what your plans attempt to achieve. NB: The project site is 8.85 Ha, therefore foe high density, you need to provide between 531- 600 dwelling units.

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### 1. Planning and Organizing Your Project #### Establish a Timeline Create a Gantt chart or a detailed project schedule to ensure each task is completed promptly. ***2. Site Analysis:*** ### 2.1 Understanding the Context - **Site Visit**: Conduct a site visit to familiarize yourself with the surrounding environment and existing infrastructure. - **Photographic Survey**: Capture photographs from different angles and positions on the site. - **Site Dimensions and Boundaries**: Accurately measure and mark the boundaries, referencing Florence Nzama Street and Sylvester Ntuli Road. ### 2.2 Opportunities and Constraints - **Existing Infrastructure**: Note the existing utilities, transportation networks, and community facilities. - **Natural Features**: Identify natural features such as trees, water bodies, and topography which might impact the layout. - **Climate Considerations**: Understand how solar orientation, prevailing winds, and rainfall patterns will affect building placements and designs. ### 2.3 SWOT Analysis - **Strengths**: Proximity to UNISA and existing infrastructure. - **Weaknesses**: Any potential limitations, such as zoning restrictions or existing services' capacity. - **Opportunities**: Potential for integrating social amenities, leveraging green spaces, and providing sustainable solutions. - **Threats**: Address any environmental threats and consider strategies for mitigation. ***3. Conceptualization:*** ### 3.1 Draft Concepts Start with a base plan at 1:2000 scale on butcher paper: - **Draft Opportunities and Constraints Plan**: Identify and highlight key factors. - **Concept Plan**: Sketch out initial concepts, including potential zones for housing, communal areas, and greenery. - **Built Form Plan**: Show how buildings, landscaping, and hard surfaces are arranged. ### 3.2 Detailed Planning Layout - **High Density Housing Layout**: Utilize BESG housing types E & F to draft detailed housing arrangements. - **Amenities and Services**: Include communal spaces, playgrounds, bike paths, and parking. - **Sustainable Design**: Consider energy-efficient designs, green roofing, and water management systems. - **Accessibility and Connectivity**: Ensure good external and internal connectivity for the development. ***4. Final Planning Layout and Reports:*** ### 4.1 Planning Layout Plan (1:2000) - **Land Use Table**: Detail the land use plan in tabular form, indicating residential, commercial, recreational, and open space allocations. ### 4.2 Final Report - **Executive Summary**: Summarize the key points of your project, including objectives, methodology, and outcomes. - **Site Analysis**: Provide a detailed overview based on your site visit, photographs, and base maps. - **Concept Development**: Explain your conceptual approach and justification for design decisions. - **Detailed Design**: Describe the final layout plan, building placements, open spaces, and amenities. - **Sustainability and Integration**: Detail how the development integrates into the surrounding area and incorporates sustainable features. ***5. Presentation and Submission:*** ### 5.1 Visual Aids - **Illustrations and Diagrams**: Use clear visuals to convey your plans. - **Renderings and Perspectives**: Provide 3D views or artist impressions showing the final design. ### 5.2 Documentation - **Complete and Organize Your Report**: Ensure your report is comprehensive, logically structured, and well-formatted. - **Proofread**: Check for errors and clarity. ### 5.3 Feedback and Review - **Peer Review**: Have peers or mentors review your work before final submission. - **Incorporate Feedback**: Make any necessary adjustments based on feedback received. ### 6. Key Tips for Success: - **Collaboration**: Work with fellow students, mentors, and experts for diverse insights. - **Research**: Utilize online tools and resources for additional design ideas and best practices in high-density housing planning. - **Iterate**: Be prepared to refine and improve your designs based on ongoing feedback and analysis. Good luck with your high-density housing subdivision project!

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May 14, 2024, 8:10 a.m.

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Published: Tuesday, May 14, 2024

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