Urban Designs and Spatial Development Planning

2015
In 2013 Makeka Design Lab partnered with EFGH, a prominent boutique architecture outfit in New York, to conceptualize and design a Cultural Precinct as part of a competition brief aiming to balance the pragmatic with the poetic.Whilst the notion of artistic precincts is healthy supported and...
Makeka Design Lab is proud to be acknowledged by the premier brand communication awards in the Africa & The Middle East, The Loerie Awards. Our design for the South African Police Service Railway Police Station in Retreat is the inaugural recipient of the Gold Loerie Award for Three Dimensional...
Thusong Services Centre, Khayelitsha. In 2009, Makeka Design Lab’s work with the Thusong Services Centre won a CIFA Merit AwardThe building was intended to be the first phase of a series of receptacles which would support the ongoing development of institutions and offer an alternative language to...
This natural swimming pool does not make use of any chemicals. It utilizes aquatic plants and a filtration system to clean the water. The natural swimming pool is a mini ecosystem. The pool is composed of two pools, a swimming area and a regeneration area, both of which are merged .The swimming...
2012
This Special Project has been initiated by the mayor of Cape Town through the Department of Human Settlements to develop housing typologies and site specific architecture for the delivery of new projects and existing settlement upgrade projects.The study is to integrate town planning, urban design...
2012
The intervention on Strand Street is more akin to an urban scaling device than habitable architecture, and is seen as an act to humanise and bring a tactile quality to the neomodern apartheid-inspired architecture of Cape Town Station. Historically subservient to the dictates of rail dominant...
2011
The Freedom Walk initiative is an economic, social and spatial  program, using culture to  activate  urban regeneration in the central city in order to build an inclusive civic identity and a vibrant economy for Cape Town.Through a series of urban interventions, the Freedom Walk initiative (phase 1...
2011
The overall objective of the KCT is to uplift the community of Khayelitsha through the development and improvement of infrastructure in Khayelitsha and Khayelitsha Business District; and the establishment and development of commercial, residential and community facilities; and the alleviation of...
From its origins, Cape Town is a city seeped in fear. What can we do to change this city-narrative? Williams and Makeka contemplate strategies urban planners might use to positively change the character of Cape Town.
Published on 2 August 2010, Men About Town: Rhythms of our lives reflected in environments we create explores how the perpsective of approaching Cape Town throws into sharp relief some of the city's most pressing urban planning concerns.
2010
Public transport is a mainstay of South African life, and given the extreme pressures placed on the environment by pollution and population increase it is fast becoming the prefered mode of transport around the world.Our design seeks to address the needs and desires of not only the commuter but the...
2009
The site for the public transport shared services centre (PTSSC) is located on the corner of two freeways,  Vanguard Drive and the N2.  The adjacent site holds Vangate Mall with a commercial axis perpendicular to the PTSSC site on the Southern border.  Electircal pylons run through the site along a...
2008
Dar Es Salaam has experienced a growth from 400 000 residents in 1972 to 2 500 000 residents in 2005, making it the 3th fastest growing city in Africa. The Magogoni creek forms the South-eastern Border of metropolitan Dar Es Salaam and locates the industrial harbour. The connectivity across the...
2008
Durrat Al Bahrain is one of the most exciting and challenging development projects currently under construction in the Gulf Region. This project, located on the south east coast of the Kingdom of Bahrain, has the ultimate potential to accommodate some 35’000 people across a number of distinctive...
2008
The award winning Thusong Services Centre is amongst the most exposed to the public realm. It stands alone in its current context and is intended as a prototype and catalyst to ignite an imagined future civic scaled town centre for the sprawling township of Khayelitsha. The building exudes energy,...
2007
The re-development of the old ConradieHospital site is an unique opportunity to provide housing and employment in a new integrated neighbourhood. Furthermore housing can be provided relatively close to the Cape Town CBD. The site will be a new node of activity which joins work, living and leisure...

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