The Warwick Junction is a unique location within central Durban, South Africa. This vibrant transport hub provides a setting predominantly for informal traders on a considerable scale. It is also a crucial space for understanding, and addressing issues related to, Durban's social and physical fragmentation - the peripheral conditions of Warwick Junction, on the one hand, and Durban's poly-centric structure on the other. It defines a place of interaction where very different worlds converge, and stands as an example of a place where the formal and informal co-exist. Within its nine specific markets and its many street traders, one is struck by the density of activities and goods, the moving crowds, the amount of traffic, the many noises, the smells and constant hustle and bustle - all within a relatively small part of the city. This market area is an informal commercial centre with almost half a million users passing through on a daily basis. It provides commercial opportunities for approximately six-thousand traders. It is an important economic, cultural, and social space in Durban that continues to thrive, despite various challenges faced by its users and inhabitants alike. This thesis aims to achieve a greater understanding of the complex economic, cultural, and social dynamics inherent to the Warwick Junction Markets, and to find ways to improve, strengthen and enhance the area in a beneficial way. In order to do so, this thesis analyzes the historic and spatial developments, as well as the complex systems and dynamics, inherent to the area. Based on these examinations, certain premises are put forward and conclusions reached for a positive development plan that is also inclusive. A case-study applies these findings to exemplary spatial strategies, which show possible site-specific and need-orientated planning approaches that will contribute positively to the sustainability of the Warwick Junction and its workers.