Evaluation of Commercial Complexes in Ghana

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Commerce has undergone numerous degrees of phases and changes over the years as man made one discovery after the other. The various stages of man’s development in descriptive terms meant an agglomeration of certain types of goods and services within that particular era, which also can be interpreted into various systems and mechanisms of exchange within time and space. The commercial activities prominent within the district capital of Kumasi – (Central Business District – Adum) have developed to the stage whereby shopping which once used to be enjoyable and stress free has now become a much dreaded experience due to passenger vehicular conflict, traffic congestion, and its negative socio-economic and health implications. The thesis aims at solving or reducing this existing menace by providing the public with an alternative shopping unit – a one stop shopping center, which is designed principally to satisfy the needs of both the customer and the prospective sellers. This outfit by design solves the problems of circulation, ventilation, lighting, storage spaces etc – optimizing the use of space or land. Once the facility is operational, attention would more or less be drawn from the C.B.D, reducing the congestion and its related challenges in no small way, to a less congested zone where commerce can go on with minimal spacial restrictions – all things being equal. For these reasons, the project is sited at Abuakwa, a satellite town which is about 11.5km from the C.B.D.
A Thesis Submitted To The Department Of Architecture In Partial Fulfillment Of The Requirement For The Award Of Master Of Architecture Degree.