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Making Use of Leftover Spaces Under Railway Paths in Addis Ababa

Leftover spaces are spaces in a city can be defined as spaces that exist without clear assigned uses and poorly managed space. The development of the urban railway in Addis Ababa has resulted in a huge number of leftover spaces in the intermediate spaces produced by these concrete structures. Although the space found in the city center, it has received less attention by rising issues with regard to usability, social interaction, integration, etc. This research assessed the characteristics of this leftover spaces under railway paths in Addis Ababa, by selecting three segments in the city where the problem is seen more, and studied their functional and physical characteristics and the existed problems in detail. The research was conducted using a case study approach with different data collection methods such as observation, interviews and document review. The data are presented through images, tables, and maps. The data was collected, primarily from three types of people: those who were seen using the space, those who live near the space and who were passing through the space, and those who work place found in front of the leftover space. Because these people engage with the space on a daily basis and are most likely to notice its effects. The research finding indicated that the existing status of the space is not contributing to urban life, rather it is found that the space works against the urban life by serving as a catalyst for the spread of negative influences like attracting homeless peoples. In response to these findings, the study confirms the importance of enhancing the functionalities of the space in order to create a livable space by making use of the leftover space to contribute to the urban community by adapting the surrounding neighborhood context. In general, the study forwards recommendation for enhancing the current status and forwards new possible design typologies that shows different ways to make the space more useful, functional and attractive without eliminating the neighborhood character.

Elevated Railways, Urban Life, Left-Over Spaces, Possible Usage

Fuad Muhada Kemal. (2023). Making Use of Leftover Spaces Under Railway Paths in Addis Ababa. Advances, 4(3), 93-110.

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