Nima Redevelopment

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It has been forecast that by the turn of the century the population of the developing countries will have doubled, and about half this population more than 3000 million people will be living in poor rural and urban housing. The conception of the housing problem and the strategies governments are adopting to solve it are undergoing major change. In the face of the rapid rural-to-rural migration of the last 30 years and the low income of recent migrants, efforts to provide sufficient dwelling units through conventional private construction and government housing programme have proved unequal to the task. Governments have come to recognise both the failings of more conventional approaches and the potential of self—help housing efforts and their policies have begun to change accordingly, the government of Ghana is no different. New policies of upgrading existing settlements and providing serviced land on which low income group are permitted to build have received increased emphasis. The time has come for Architects and planners to deal with the grassroots of this housing problem. In Ghana Nima is one such place where equality and dignity are denied.. To tackle the problem systematically and logically a social detailed study of the community is important. Thus the chapters deal with each aspect of the problem. Chapter one tackles urbanization and associated problems and Nima as a phenomenon. Chapter two presents a short historical background. Chapter’s three, four and five deals with the present .physical and social conditions. In chapter six and seven the problems are analysed, and conclusions and broad proposals are made and finally chapter eight and nine presents the urban design and architectural design solutions.
A thesis submitted to the Board of Postgraduate Studies, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of Postgraduate Diploma in Architecture, 1988