15 July 2014

CITY ROAD CLOSURES MAKE WAY FOR EXCITING ARCHITECTS CONGRESS ACTIVATIONS

Media Release

With just three weeks to go before Durban welcomes ‘The World Cup of Architects’ UIA2014 Durban to the City, arrangements are moving into top gear. Besides attracting the largest gathering of architects ever held in southern Africa, UIA2014 Durban is being used as a launch pad for three City urban regeneration projects, each one focusing on stimulating interest in the built environment sector and focus on Durban’s inner city. These will become visible to the citizens of Durban, over the next few weeks.

In order to facilitate the build-up of these activations, a number of road closures and diversions will be put in place from now until the end of the Congress.

* Pixley Ka Seme Linear Park - (formerly West) - Closed from July 14 - September 10 - Lane reduction of Dr Pixley Ka Seme Street (ex West) - from Stalwart Simelane Street to Mahatma Gandhi Road. The road will be reduced from four lanes down to two lanes. This area will become a pedestrian priority zone – and motorists are requested to be cautious while driving in this section.

- This activation will showcase what is possible with the creation of a high quality, pedestrian-priority public space - for people who live and work in the City to relax, exercise and play.

* The River Town Precinct – Closed from July 20 - August 15 - John Milne Road closure from North Lane to Morrison Road.

- This project provides an opportunity for regeneration in the inner city. Arts and culture initiatives and exhibitions will be run during the Congress to show the opportunities that exist for bringing investment, sustainability and vibrancy back to the area.

Pocket Parks – these informal areas, in and around Durban, aim to bring nature and delight back to the city, providing a place for relaxation, play areas for children and small spaces for activities, events or street cafes, where people can socialize, share laughter and conversation.

Other areas where the general public can be involved, are through the dynamic and exciting Fringe Programme, which will showcase local, national and international talent and take place in a range of ‘Otherwhere’ and City venues and the Trade Expo in the Durban Exhibition Centre (DEC), which promises to offer the latest product developments, technological innovations, and service offerings in the world of architecture and design.

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