Urban design thesis

is a student in the Sustainable Urban Planning and Design Master at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden. She graduated from the University of Calgary (Canada) with Bachelor's degrees in Civil Engineering and Spanish and a Master's degree in Spanish Language and Literature. She worked as a transportation engineer for a decade at a Canadian municipality of a million people. In that time she wrote policy, managed projects and supervised staff to advance everyday walking and cycling. A career high point was the political approval and installation of a downtown cycle track network Bracic planned with a team she led. She is writing a thesis on the way bicycle policy experts learn from each other when visiting "best case" cities.

In this project, Iyer undertook the urban design for an urban renewal project targeting portions of Pietermaritzburg’s CBD. The aim was to improve the public space in the zone, enhancing the character and experience of this important city. The firm’s role involved the conceptualisation, detail design and construction management of the Chief Albert Luthuli Street and Langalibalele Street within the Msunduzi Municipality. Primary aspects of the design included the creation of a multifunctional street space, a renewed context for the City Hall and the introduction of bespoke lighting, seating, bins and bollards all designed by the firm. An iconic aspect of the finished project was the creation of a large-scale art installation in the form of five corten steel sculptures of figures that celebrate the transition and resilience of the city. When it was completed, the KZN branch of the South African Planning Institute (SAPI) conferred an award of Excellence to the firm for its work.

Urban design thesis

urban design thesis

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