Exposing the machinge: sea water research and purifying plant for the City of Cape Town on East Pier, within the Victoria & Albert Waterfront
“The past decade has been witness to a resurgence of interest in ecologically sustainable thinking about the design and management of reclaimed, post-industrial landscapes” (Berger, 2008: 25). This dissertation investigates and describes the concept to reintroduce abandoned space with new meaning. This research will examine the chosen site within Cape Town, “that were not previously considered fit for social habitation” (Berger, 2008: 25), and establish how it could be rehabilitated, redeveloped and reclaimed. This dissertation engages in a discourse about thoughts on landscape, and investigates “techniques to the task of transforming out dated and disused neglected landscapes through design” (Berger, 2008: 25). The research topic identifies ways to engage with the terrain vague, different or strange urban spaces which are internal to the city without destroying it. The design will penetrate the dead and forgotten space with a rich history and giving it a new meaning. It will establish and accomplish the city area adopting a new identity of necessity and contribution to the City of Cape Town. Ignasi de Solà-Morales, a professor of Architectural Composition in Barcelona, stated the question of “How can architecture act in Terrain Vague without becoming an aggressive instrument of power and abstract reason?” (Barron & Mariani, 2013: 29). This question will be investigated within this dissertation and be applied to the proposed desalination project. This concept of Terrain Vague is still very appropriate within our societies of today and is an important part to understand within the specific site chosen for this dissertation.