|dc.description.abstract||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.||en_US