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???metadata.dc.contributor.*???: EliasYitbarek Dr.
Sileshi, Metadel
Keywords: Dense inner City;Informal Settlement;streets;Shared Compounds of neighborhood
Issue Date: Dec-2016
Publisher: a
Abstract: Researches were conducted on the housing issues such as physical condition, transformation, identity and so on. The importance of common places and their use as part of the activities that takes place and the significance of these activities for inner-city neighborhoods of Addis Ababa, however, were not given much weight. Thus, the main objective of the research is to explore activities of common places in one of these neighborhoods. To investigate this, a case study approach was selected, as it is the best fit for descriptive, explanatory and exploratory questions. Moreover, it is the most appropriate to collect data in a natural setting. Accordingly, qualitative data is collected in the form of semi structured indepth interviews, mapping, photography and notes from personal observations. The case area, Abnet, was chosen based on the fact that it‟s a dense inner-city informal settlement. The research focuses on streets and shared compounds of a neighborhood. The streets based on activities taking place and other geographical features, are sub divided into two main categories, namely access and nodal streets, and small neighborhood streets, which are more intimate serving mostly residents of immediate compounds. A total of ten streets and seven compounds were studied. Accordingly, the main findings are: activities can be classified into four major categories namely, business activities, recreational activities, household activities and Social/cultural activities. It was revealed that, overlap of different types of activities is a common scenario. The type of places the activities occupy are found to depend on the types of activities. The research strongly suggests that overlap of activities is useful for maximum utilization of space with other socio-economic and recreational advantages and that it should be fostered. When planning and designing common places there should be hierarch of common places and they should be planned in a way that they can accommodate layers of activities.
Description: This thesis is submitted to the Ethiopian Institute of Architecture, Building Construction and City Development (EiABC), the School of Graduate Studies of Addis Ababa University in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Science in Housing and Sustainable Development
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