Re-mining Johannesburg

Urban redevelopment through the treatment

of acid mine drainage

 

The architectural intervention proposes an urban

redevelopment along the mining belt of the city of Johannesburg through the treatment of acid mine drainage.

 

The design research includes a network of selected sites located along the Johannesburg mining belt to address the problem of acid mine drainage, as well as to provide solutions for future urban environments. The main solutions to eradicate the acid mine water problem are infrastructural, which in most cases is associated with inhumane environments. A design question addressing the marriage between harsh infrastructure and humane environments is therefore dealt with ,in an attempt to create a self-sustaining architecture in which infrastructure can have an integrative urban function for the future. The dissertation aims to achive a design intervention that

will thread the traces of a mining century into this contemporary African city, through an architecture that will grow into the future of the ever-changing and continuously emergent Johannesburg.

Machine
Machine

Concept sketch

Machine depletion
Machine depletion

After the water has been purified, the machines are removed and more habitable space is provided in the building

Purification plant AXO
Purification plant AXO

Acid mine drainage skyscraper mimicking mining headgear

Concept
Concept

Johannesburg Acid mine drainage

Urban waterfall & building skin
Urban waterfall & building skin

Johannesburg Acid mine drainage

Landscape
Landscape

The purification plant and dam wall trace the mining history of Johannesburg

Stair detailing
Stair detailing

The detailing of the building is a trace of mining headgear construction

View from motoway
View from motoway

The purified water will spill down the building facade, both cooling the building and providing a visual presence.

Jhb waterfront
Jhb waterfront

A new much needed water based recreational space for the city

Interior detailing
Interior detailing
Worst-case senario
Worst-case senario
Post purification
Post purification

The dam walls and plant is turned into housing and public parks

Urban Axo
Urban Axo
RE-MINING JHB DA COETSER high res-278.jpg
RE-MINING JHB DA COETSER high res-278.jpg
Detailing
Detailing