Urban Resilience in Addis Ketama and Lideta Sub Cities of Addis Ababa: The Case Tekilehaimanot Area Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Urban and Regional Planning
Volume 3, Issue 2, June 2018, Pages: 44-54
Received: May 24, 2018; Accepted: Jul. 9, 2018; Published: Aug. 15, 2018
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Mesfin Assefa, Ethiopian Institute of Architecture, Building Construction and City Development, Addis Ababa University, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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The city of Addis Ababa is experiencing wide range of changes in terms of physical, socio-economic, and environmental aspects. Its administration has implementing various programs to re-structure and to create resilient city. However, empirical researchers argue that despite remarkable achievements in restructuring of the city to make it more livable, there are several and complex urban downsides and bottlenecks. With this regards, this study is conducted to identify the resilience of sampled residents in Teklehayimanot areas of Addis Ababa city using cognitive mapping strategy. The study is carried out taking a case study of specific area of Teklhayimant District in which three specific sites are randomly selected from the district. From these three different sites, three informants are randomly selected from each specific site. The research has pursued a qualitative research approach substantiated by descriptive research design to analyze and interprets data. To gather pertinent data from respondents, the research has employed in-depth interview, observation and document analysis tools. Besides, secondary data are generated from literature through review of documents. The findings of the study indicate that respondents had almost similar understandings of their surroundings in terms of the socio-economic values. It is discovered that respondents observe the social, economic, and physical changes in their respective area closely and that the restructuring processes are perceived as it bears impacts on their physical, socio-economic lives. Two of the respondents argued that the re-construction and re-establishment efforts that the city administration conducts in the area are significantly harming the social, economic, and physical conditions of the residents while the other respondent stated that the change are important as far as they are planned and reserve the social and economic bonds of the society. In general, the cognitive mapping portrayed by respondents from three different localities of the study area indicates that respondents are highly affiliated to the living condition they are leading. It indicates that the city administration efforts of re-structuring of the area must integrate all scope of resilience, as the residents are exceedingly worried about their firmed economic and social existence. In addition, it is suggested that the range of instruments including effective communication, participatory approach, and integrative urban development framework will help the city administration to its concerns to make the city more resilience. This will also bring opportunities to manage the change in well-organized manner.
Neighborhood, Urban, Resilience, Mapping, Cognitive, Re-construction, Construction
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Mesfin Assefa, Urban Resilience in Addis Ketama and Lideta Sub Cities of Addis Ababa: The Case Tekilehaimanot Area Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Urban and Regional Planning. Vol. 3, No. 2, 2018, pp. 44-54. doi: 10.11648/j.urp.20180302.12
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