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An architectural response to Durban's existing car culture to promote social and economic development: towards the design of a multi-purpose motor sport facility.

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Owing to the non-existence of a dedicated automotive facility in Durban, car enthusiasts have been forced to use spaces which are not designed for the purpose of facilitating related activities, such as drag racing, drifting and car shows. These uncontrolled, social, „third‟ spaces have become notorious for illegal racing activities and social issues which include violence, motor vehicle accidents and the consumption of alcohol in public spaces. Conversely, twenty four years into democracy, South Africa is still one of the most unequal societies in the world. It is argued that poverty and unemployment levels are in a state of crisis and could disrupt the socio-economic stability of the country. The lack of skilled personnel is one of the major contributors to social immobility and poverty in South Africa. Education and skills development have been identified as the key to alleviate poverty and create employment opportunities. Skilled entrepreneurs create job opportunities, which employ skilled employees, which in turn create sustainable livelihoods. Therefore, this study will explore Durban‟s car culture and identify the social and economic development opportunities in order to empower society through architectural spaces. The literature, precedent and case studies explored are underpinned by social and architectural theories. The research herein will inform the design of a multi-purpose motorsport facility in Durban.


Masters Degree. University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban.