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Exploring current views and methods of recycling in Durban's CBD : a design proposal for a self-sustaining waste recycling system in Durban.

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The management of urban waste streams is increasingly becoming an issue as modernisation and a new consumerist culture takes hold of cities globally, resulting in greater production of waste and an even greater need for sustainable alternatives to the current systems put in place. Locally, urban waste leads to neighbourhoods that feel unclean and thus feel unsafe. This dissertation identifies viable new recycling solutions to ever growing waste streams in Durban’s CBD through education and awareness as well as being informed by local informal networks that thrive in the city, networks that are derived from grassroots movements that have an in depth understanding of how to adapt and overcome relevant challenges. The methodology makes use of case studies and precedents that demonstrate examples of awareness, sustainability and informality. In addition to this, various interviews were conducted in Durban’s CBD to investigate how locals experienced waste on a daily basis. The result of these studies demonstrated that waste was not seen as a priority in urban environments, lacking the educational drive to see waste management as a viable job creator and urban regenerator. In conclusion, waste should not be considered a problem that is dealt with in Durban’s CBD, but rather as an opportunity that is made use of proactively, the result being a building typology that creates an abundance of new job opportunities, trains and educates people on sustainable living and most importantly helps to clean up Durban’s streets, making them safer and healthier to live in.


Master of Architecture. University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban 2016.


Theses - Architecture.