chapter  7
The Grid Plan in the History of Senegalese Urban Design
ByEric Ross
Pages 19

The premise on which the chapter rests is that an understanding of certain aspects of the two earlier models that helped to create the enduring elements of the public realm of the positively operative portions of Cape Town is relevant to the considerations, as people seek to chart a way forward. Moreover, there is the suggestion that there are strong coincidences between central components of these earlier town-building models and a number of seminal observations by a few city planning, urban design and architectural scholars, practitioners and critics during the 1950s-60s and later. Research into the historical development of Cape Town has suggested that three planning paradigms have featured in the development of the settlement, besides those that may have obtained in pre-colonial times under the indigenous Khoisan. In the Newmarket, the plan geometry of major and minor public thoroughfares and of the large public market arose from a clear pre-existing tradition and was imposed as a finite plan.