THE ROLE OF ARCHITECTURE IN ENHANCING INCLUSIVE EDUCATION FOR PUPILS WITH PHYSICAL, VISUAL AND HEARING IMPAIRMENTS.

1.1 Introduction

Fig. 1.1: Various people visiting a market to engage in trade activities. (Source: Author)

“The true centre of the modern tropical town is the market, which is larger, more active, more colourful and social than anywhere else in the world...” (Fry, 1956)

Over the years markets have been a transforming culmination of architectural spaces whose utility is mainly on the basis of trade. The practice of trade attracts local and international visitors, as illustrated in Fig 1.1, to a particular region with intentions of buying and selling. In addition, these transforming architectural spaces have greatly affected standards of living, social unification, cultural expression and economies in various parts of the world on various scales.

1.2 Problem Statement

Markets in urban centres, particularly those in tourist oriented centres, facilitate trade while exhibiting local culture through its transformations over the years. Those who visit these spaces acquire a perception about the architecture and cultural heritage that are vibrant throughout the urban centre.

In the case of Malindi, the major urban centre of Kilifi County, markets have transformed over the years while facilitating trade and exhibiting aspects of local culture. The transformations, however, have retarded the markets in terms of design, planning and use besides its perception of the as a culmination of spaces that facilitate trade. The study therefore intends to investigate the options of addressing the characteristic transformations of these markets so as to ensure that they function efficiently as responsive environments.

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