BuaNews (Tshwane)

11 May 2008

South Africa: Students Win 2010 Landscape Design Competition

Cape Town — Two students have won the 2010 Green Goal Mouille Point Student Landscape Design competition for designing a safe, spacious and aesthetic inner city park and recreation area head of the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

This comes after landscape design and architectural students from the University of Cape Town (UCT) and the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) were invited to submit entries to redesign the Mouille Point promenade and beachfront area.

Scott Masson, a final year Masters Landscape Design programme student at UCT submitted a design which would transform the site into a dynamic people-friendly facility.

His design also integrated with the 2010 Urban Park on the Green Point Common.

"Currently the site is really quite boring," Mr Masson said after receiving his prize.

"It is underutilised and needs to be revitalised to attract people. I included a wetland feature to restore part of the area to its original form and suggested a strong connectivity with the Urban Park and the rest of the coast line."

Marike Fick a final year design student at the CPUT, submitted a design of an amphitheatre which she felt would be an important feature to attract a variety of people to the area.

Executive Director in charge of the City of Cape Town's world cup project Mike Marsden convened the panel of judges.

"We were pleasantly surprised at the high standard of submissions," Mr Marsden said in his address at the awards ceremony.

"I am delighted that the urban design profession is obviously in a healthy state, which is important to the city. "

Emphasising the importance of the competition in preparation towards hosting the world cup, he said it was the first tangible Green Goal delivered by Cape Town's 2010 World Cup programme.

The Mouille Point beachfront and promenade is an integral part of the Green Point Urban Park, the biggest urban space project in Cape Town.

The Urban Park will form the setting for the new world cup stadium.

The students were awarded first prizes in both the UCT and CPUT divisions will receive a helicopter trip across the Green Point Common and the Stadium, a colourful Green Point Stadium overall, a Gerald Hoberman book of Cape Town signed by the Executive Mayor and a painted kelp vuvuzela.

In addition to these prizes, every effort will be made to involve the winners of the competition in the actual design and development of the Mouille Point Beachfront and Promenade, once the professional team to undertake this work has been appointed.

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