Evaluation of the Quality of Open Public Space in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Gebrechristos Nuriye


Urbanization history tells us that the public open space first was observed in Greek where Agora served as central market for the community to assemble, debate, and converse diverse opinions (Madanipour, 2003:194), (Larbi Touaf and Soumia Boutkhil(ed)., 2008). Thus, public spaces are part of urban structure, where space and societies are in the dynamic harmony of historical changes. This research is conducted in selected sub-cities of Addis Ababa. The results have illuminated importance of open public spaces in one hand and disclosed how existing open public spaces are deteriorating. The problem is a manifestation of unplanned development of the city whereby the city has experienced haphazard and organic development. The evaluation of the quality of public open spaces in study area is done in view of internationally recognized standards. Concurrent mixed research method is followed employing qualitative and quantitative research approaches. Sample size was scientifically determined. Data analysis was done using different statistical tools. Study results have shown that significant number of open spaces exist in the city with significant size though their performance is reported unacceptably poor. Certain open spaces were found to be in excellent conditions but inaccessible. Conversely certain public open spaces are found in poor condition but they are openly accessible for public use. Conclusions are drawn from study results and recommendations are specified accordingly.

Keywords: Open Public Spaces, Quality, Accessibility

DOI: 10.7176/CER/12-10-01

Publication date:October 31st 2020

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