Trends How green was my valet parking?
Mixed-use developments have, let’s face it, been around for a couple of decades now, at least since Tongaat Hulett started casting about for ideas for its spare canefields. But equally they’re still very much a thing, as Menlyn Maine in Pretoria demonstrates, a mega development which is set to become Africa’s first green city, with 315,000m2 of lettable area including office space, retail and dining, a gym, upmarket apartments, a luxury hotel, an entertainment complex and scenic parks. And then there’s Cotswold Square in Durban’s rapidly-urbanising Outer West. Opening in early 2019, Cotswold Square will be a 40-store centre in an area that combines golf-estate living with small industry, schools, churches, church schools and equestrian centres, a place where, as developers are fond of saying, people can “live, work, play and pray.” Kind of like, um towns? But greener and with more fences?