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Title: COMMUNAL OPEN SPACES IN CONDOMINIUM NEIGHBORHOOD The case of Gofa Mebrat-hail Condominium
???metadata.dc.contributor.*???: Yonas Alemayehu Soressa
Mamo Wondimneh, Yonas
Keywords: IHDP;Activity;Communal Open Space
Issue Date: Jan-2016
Publisher: Addis Ababa university
Abstract: The study investigates the relationships between physical characteristics of communal open spaces and the activities in residential environment of Gofa Mebrat-hail condominium neighbourhood, which is one of the project in Integrated Housing Development Program (IHDP) in Addis Ababa. The phenomenon is investigated through a case study research method by taking the neighbourhood as a case and aiming to study: a) how the residents are utilizing the communal open spaces by investigating the activities happening and the level of their involvement in terms of utilising these spaces; b) investigate and analyse the cause and effect relationship between the activities and the physical characteristics of existing open spaces and c) identify the challenges on the day to day activities of the residents as a result of the current conditions of communal open spaces. The study is conducted at two levels; first, a preliminary study was done covering the whole neighbourhood in order to study the activities, which are taking place on communal open spaces, and to select an illustrative parcel. Then an in-depth study is conducted on the chosen parcel based on the focus of the research to achieve the objectives. From the data collected through interviews, questionnaires, observations, and physical measurements, a qualitative and quantitative analysis are done: to examine the usage of existing communal open spaces; to understand the relationship between the physical setting of open spaces and the activities; and to investigate communal open space related challenges on the day to day activities of the residents. Results indicate that, despite availability of communal open spaces, physical attributes of the area investigated, such as adequacy of spaces, type of enclosure, location, accessibility and overall physical quality (attractiveness), when unsatisfactory, negatively affected residents’ attitudes and motivations to utilize and improve the space through physical changes and maintenance, and consequently affected social and user-environment interaction. Besides the physical attributes of the open space, the existing multiple activities are also a major factors that affect residents while utilizing the space. The other important finding is that the existing communal open space related challenges are found to be the result of combined effect of the physical characteristics and the existing activities. Finally, based on the findings the study recommends that the respective institutions who take part on developing communally owned residential neighbourhoods should make an in-depth observation to consider the need and the spatial aspect of communal open space during planning & implementation stage. The study also recommends post-occupancy resolutions to improve existing condition of communal open spaces on the study area.
Description: This thesis prepared for the partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Science in Housing and Sustainable Development entitled “COMMUNAL OPEN SPACES IN CONDOMINIUM NEIGHBOURHOOD: the case of Gofa Mebrat-hail Condominium”
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