TOPIC: Town Layout in the Cape: The Grid versus the River-strip
SPEAKER: Dr Hans Fransen
DATE: Tuesday, 17 April 2012
TIME: 19h45 for 20h00
VENUE: The Athenaeum
Boundary Terraces, Newlands – at the intersection of Mariendahl& Campground Rds.
In colonial areas – whether in Roman England, English France, inAmericaor inSouth Africa– a rational grid outlay was the preferred design for “planted” towns.
Hans traces some of these designs at the Cape, often with a church at a focal point. But he’ll also discuss a different type, that had its origin as an agricultural settlement in which the course of a river, and of an irrigation system derived from it, determined a more irregular (and to us more picturesque!), contour-directed plan that provided for a green “river-strip” with the villagers’ dwellings on its upper fringe.
It can be seen at Clanwilliam, Tulbagh,Prince Albert, and also at the mission villages such as Mamre, Wupperthal en Genadendal.
Hans Fransen is a former chairman of VASSA and holds a doctorate from theUniversityofNataland an honorary doctorate from the University of Stellenbosch.
Until his retirement he was the director of the MichaelisArt Museumon Greenmarket Squareand chairs its Society of Friends. Cycling is his passion.
He is the author of standard works such as the three editions of The old buildings of the Cape (first two with Dr Mary Cook), A Cape camera and more recently Old towns and villages of the Cape.
All these are valuable reference books for VASSA members.