Urban Commons as a Bridge between the Spatial and the Social: Pro-poor Housing Programmes in Addis Ababa and Commoning Practices.
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The paper presents the reasons for which the issue of providing housing to low- income citizens has been a real challenge in the case of Addis Ababa during recent years and will continue to be, given that its population is growing extremely fast. It examines the tensions between the universal aspirations and the local realities in the case of Ethiopia’s most ambitions mass housing schemes, such as the ‘Addis Ababa Grand Housing Program’ (AAGHP), which was launched in 2004 and was integrated in the ‘Integrated Housing Development Program’ (IHDP) in 2006. The paper argues that the quotidian practices of communities and their socio-economic and cultural characteristics are interconnected with the spatial attributes of co-housing practices. It draws upon the idea that there is a mutual correspondence between social and spatial structures, placing particular emphasis on the analysis of a pro-poor housing programme, the ‘Integrated Housing Development Programme’ (IHDP). The paper aims to show how, in order to shape strategies that take into account the social and cultural aspects daily life for poor people in Addis Ababa, it is pivotal to invite them to take part in decision-making processes regarding their resettlement. Despite the fact that the living conditions in condominiums are of much higher quality than those in kebele houses, in many cases, the role of the commoning practices and the public or shared spaces that facilitate these practices were underestimated or even neglected. In order to shape methods of urban resettlement that respect the social capital of the citizens, it is important to use participatory strategies and to enhance the participation of local communities in the processes of decision-making regarding their resettlement. Participation can and should be understood as an anti- poverty mechanism. The participation-oriented strategies that have to be established should draw upon a threefold understanding of sustainability aiming to take into consideration social, technological and environmental aspects and interactions between them. The paper highlights that, in order to shape strategies that take into account the social and cultural aspects of the daily life of poor people in Addis Ababa, it is pivotal to invite them to take part in the decision-making processes regarding their resettlement. Show more
Book titleProceedings of the Society of Architectural Historians Australia and New Zealand: 37, What If? What Next? Speculations on History’s Futures
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PublisherSociety of Architectural Historians Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ)
SubjectAddis Ababa; urban commons; Integrated Housing Development Programme; participation-oriented strategie
Organisational unit09643 - Avermaete, Tom / Avermaete, Tom
02655 - Netzwerk Stadt und Landschaft D-ARCH
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