Michael Hart Architects and Urban Designers, in collaboration with Syn-Consult Africa (Pty) Ltd and Melinda Silverman Urban Designer, have been commissioned to develop an Urban Design Framework for Randburg. This is a response to the City of Johannesburg’s recognition, through its RSDF 2003/04, that Randburg has experienced serious decline over the last decade.
Randburg is located in the northwestern part of the City of Johannesburg and falls within administrative Region 3 of the city. It is situated between Sandton in the east, Fourways in the north, Rosebank in the south and Cresta in the west.
The study area for this particular project is shown in Figure 1. It is bounded by Hans Strijdom Road in the west, Republic Road in the south, Jan Smuts Avenue in the east and Bond Street in the north. A detailed urban design framework will however focus mainly on the Randburg Business District which is bounded by Dover in the north, Jan Smuts/ Hendrik Verwoerd in the east, Selkirk/ Harley in the south and Surrey in the west. The study will also contextualize Randburg at the scale of the city.
The main objective of this study is to enhance the spatial structure for Randburg. This structure should accommodate the evolutionary process of Randburg’s transformation from a declining commercial zone to a vibrant node that plays a unique role within Johannesburg’s metropolitan system. This must be informed by economic, social and environmental sustainability.