With the importance of Gauteng to the national space-economy, coordination and integration across spheres of government is becoming vitally important. Coordination of planning between key departments in the province and integration with national and municipal planning is one of the important ways to spatially transform the country and the GPG intends use the Gauteng City-Region Planning House as a space to inspire, visualise and focus these efforts.
The GCR Planning House will serve as a catalytic project to advance Gauteng Province’s spatial integration and transformation agenda as well as serve as a central knowledge, planning, disaster management and data hub for Gauteng Province while simultaneously functioning as a tourist site open to the public to learn about Gauteng’s past, present and bright future. The Planning House will also serve as one of the places where investors will obtain a holistic appreciation and directive of potential investment opportunities. It will also be a space to harness and harvest innovative thinking that will fast track the development action with the City Region. The Planning House will also showcase the implementation of 4IR technology and the implementation of sustainable development in the era of climate change.
The GCR Planning House will bring needed value add to Gauteng Province aiming to be a revolutionary centre for system innovation (Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Virtual Reality (VR), Research, and Smart cities), data management and spatial intelligence and modelling (decisive spatial transformation); enhance cohesion on integrated planning across the GCR; be a focus point for knowledge generation, harvesting and dissemination and investment promotion; leader in sustainability and urban resilience (economic, social and infrastructure resilience) informed in part by disaster management, all built on strategic partnerships across spheres of government, agencies, research institutes and universities and the private sector.