Johannesburg, South Africa

In Johannesburg 2100, wildlife and Joburgers coexist peacefully through changes in the levels where they roam. The elevated plinth separates the two, with corridors beneath allowing for the movement of wildlife between animal sanctuaries located at opposite ends of the site.  A visitor taking a walk along one of the city’s elevated boulevards can go through a series of large-scale buildings, their exterior façades covered with green vines and abundant plant life.

Bird nesting areas are incorporated into building facades, encouraging native species, such as weaver birds, to build their nests. A main emphasis of the design is to use the built environment to support and enhance the natural one. The result creates a productive symbiosis between human beings and nature, combining natural beauty with a safe habitat for birds, and incorporating plants, which provide a natural carbon sink—which is of critical importance in this warmer world.

Fly through between the buildings where weaver birds nest along the facades.

Fly through the lively marketplace.

The elevated platform that humans inhabit allows for existing wildlife to navigate the terrain undisturbed.