iTRUMP: Warwick Junction, 1995–2013
This is a Project. It was designed by Nina Saunders, Nic Combrink, Ken Froise, Gavin Adams and Jonathan Edkins and architect: The Architects Collaborative (T.A.C.), Emmett & Emmett, OMM Design Workshop, Kooblal & Steyn, Langa Makhanya & Associates, Mike Legg Architects, Richard Dobson, MA Gafoor Architects, Martin van Zyl, Lees & Short, Laren Beni and Lee Saunders and project headed by Richard Dobson, Hoosen Moolla and Sue Wilkinson. It is dated 1995–2013. Its medium is locally sourced masonry units, concrete, steel, timber, corrugated sheeting.
Warwick Junction, in Durban, South Africa, is the area’s primary transport hub that became unsafe and congested during apartheid Warwick Junction is one of nine iTRUMP (Inner Thekwini Regeneration & Urban Management Program) districts established in the 1990s by the eThekwini municipality to improve conditions in a quest to become a sustainable city. Heading the efforts, the nonprofit group Asiye eTafuleni (“bring it to the table” in Zulu) used a bottom-up approach, consulting formal and informal businesses, residents, and commuters to overcome gender, cultural, racial, and language biases. New designs for trading spaces and kiosks, tailor-made storage facilities, and new widened pedestrian routes have vastly improved these markets and have further enabled other “invisible” employment opportunities throughout the city and region.