The Archite cture of Housing the case of gerji Addis Ababa

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Currently, Addis Ababa is entangled with multi faceted problem related to urban design issues. Even though some of the issues are mentioned in the revised master plan, physical development controls and the tools & mechanisms have been found weak enough in controlling and guiding the implementation of the goals and objective of the revised master plan. Moreover, the imbalance between the increasing population number and the inadequate social & physical services has brought a significant consequence in the social, economical & physical fabric of the city. Abstract Both the unplanned & planned parts of the city are characterized as haphazardly developed, which is manifested by its poor image and design of urban environment. The fast development of the city, in specific with “Gerji”, has been developed without following a proper urban design guideline. The components of urban design have not been allocated adequately in their proper location address the need of the residents. Therefore, the architecture of housing is the most basic unit qualified for an in-depth study, which in turn can contribute its share in guiding the change rationally to create convenience, comfort, efficiency play & pleasure. The six overlapping dimensions of urban design- Morphological, Perceptual, Social, Visual, Functional and Temporal- are the everyday subject matter of urban design in the process of problem solving that must be considered simultaneously making urban design holistic. Hence, a theoretical urban design guideline should be formulated to direct the rapid development of housing since it is a critical component in the social & economic fabric of nations. Based on the findings & in an attempt to initiate dialogue among stakeholders, the study outlines a general urban design guideline for Addis Ababa, in specific with “Gerji”. The proposed conceptual guideline accommodating the dimensions of urban design with temporal changes has a goal of attaining a successful urban environment conducive to the citizens of Addis Ababa. No neighborhood has also been tested previously on the touchstones of urban design dimensions and it is the belief of the author that this thesis would make a difference in making a good urban place for people and to correct the already done mistakes. Hence, a multitude of parties are concerned, since it is an integrative joined up activity, at the heart of which is a concern for making places for people and shared rather than a particular responsibility.



The case of Gerji Addis Ababa