THE DICHOTOMY BETWEEN CONSERVATION AND REDEVELOPMENT WITHIN HISTORICAL URBAN STREETSCAPES

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This thesis set out to investigate the issues surrounding the dichotomy between conservation and redevelopment within historical urban streetscapes. The first section of the thesis begun by looking at the various literature that define urban heritage with emphasis on the aesthetic value of this heritage within the context of historical urban streetscapes. Thereafter, it looked at how other researchers have tried to prescribe ways to identify and assess this heritage. This section further looked at the issue of redevelopment within historical urban streetscapes with special emphasis of how harmony can be achieved between old and new urban forms. This information enabled the researcher to develop a conceptual framework for studying Mkwepu Street in Dar es Salaam City as an example of a historical urban streetscape undergoing the dichotomous phenomena of conservation and redevelopment.

The second section of this study was dedicated to identifying and analyzing Mkwepu Street’s urban heritage with specific emphasis on the aesthetic value of that heritage. The researcher then established how new buildings were either transforming or maintaining this heritage. The final section of the study was on the recommendations derived from the literature review and the fieldwork that would aid in the maintenance of the aesthetic value of Mkwepu Street’s urban heritage. These recommendations could also possibly aid the various stakeholders in Dar es Salaam in coming up with a more informed conservation and redevelopment plan for Mkwepu Street. The main aim of the researcher was that the recommendations could help achieve a harmonious streetscape along Mkwepu Street that paid homage to the established urban heritage in terms of its aesthetic value but also advanced the street’s sustainable future in its redevelopment goals.

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