Contest and conflict in urban public space: A critical review of the literature on street trading in the urban informal sector

B.E Solomon-Ayeh and I. Decardi-Nelson

Abstract

Street trading has become an almost ubiquitous feature of the urban landscape in many developing countries and street traders are one of the most visible occupational groups. Many legitimate interests claim city space and urban authorities seek to organize space in order to create beautiful cities. Consequently, there is always tension between urban authorities and street traders all over the world.  The overall goal of this paper is to provide a review of the literature on street trading especially in developing countries and to develop an understanding of how the urban poor use public urban space as a livelihood asset.

Assessing the delivery performance of small- scale contractors in Ghana; Case Study of Ghana Poverty Reduction and the Social Investment Fund Projects

RICHARD O. ASAMOAH*, P. D. BAIDEN AMISSAH*, JOSEPH A. DANQUAH*

* Research Scientist, (CSIR- Building and Road Research Institute, Kumasi, Ghana)

Abstract
Though Small-Scale construction firms constitute some ninety percent of all the firms registered with the Ministry of Works and Housing in Ghana, they execute only between ten and twenty percent of all works in financial terms. The performance delivery of Small-scale construction firms is generally low. This is mainly due to low capital base, poor management skills, lack of qualified workmen and other related factors.

Extent of termite infestation in Anwomanso, Kumasi

T.A. TAGBOR
CSIR-Building and Road Research Institute

Abstract

The extent of termite damage to buildings and the awareness of the public on anti-termite treatment of building sites have been examined in and around Anwomaso near Kumasi in a pilot study. This paper discusses the results of the pilot study and provides some recommendations. The results indicate a very high incidence of termite damage to valuable properties and components of buildings.  Steps for the adoption and promotion of anti-termite treatment of building sites are recommended.

Prospects for commercialising town and country planning services in Ghana: A case study of the Kumasi Metropolitan Town and Country Planning Department

BRAIMAH, Imoro, and ALHASSAN, Mohammed

Abstract

The inability of governments in the developing world including Ghana to provide adequate funding for their Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) has stimulated Public Management Reforms that consider commercialization of some services in public institutions. The prospects for commercialising the services of the Town and Country Planning Department (TCPD), which  is one such institution in Ghana, was the focus of this paper. Using the TCPD in the Kumasi Metropolis as a case study it was found that the department lacked explicit legal backing, besides its lagging logistical and human resource capacity for effective commercialisation.

Housing development in a peri-urban settlement in Ghana : A case study in Kumasi

Bettie Solomon-Ayeh
Building and Road Research Institute

Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to examine housing development in a peri-urban area in Kumasi, using Twumduase as a case study.  The research was undertaken to specifically assess the possible factors which have influenced the housing development of the new site at Twumduase.

Urban traffic speed mapping in Ghana: The use of GPS/GIS

Joseph Owusu1, Francis Afukaar 1, and B.E.K. Prah 2
1.    Building And Road Research Institute (B.R.R.I), Council For Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR).

2.    Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Department of Geomatics Engineering.

STRUCTURAL FAILURES OF ARTISANAL-BUILT ROOFS DURING RAINSTORMS IN GHANA: COMMON CAUSES

S. O. AFRAM AND S. AMOS-ABANYIE
Faculty of Architecture and Building TechnologyCollege of Architecture and Planning,
Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana

SOCIAL DIMENSIONS TO BUILDING MAINTENANCE IN GHANA

E. OSEI-TUTU AND D. A. K. MORGAN
Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, Building and Road Research Institute, Kumasi, Ghana

AVOIDING FAILURES IN ARCHITECTURE: THE USEFUL ROLE OF NATURE AND CULTURE IN ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN

Journal Vol.: Volume 9
Author(s): R. A. OPPONG
Address(es): Lecturer, Department of Architecture, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana.

THE DYNAMICS OF THE GROWTH AND SPATIAL DISTRIBUTION OF POPULATION IN THE KUMASI METROPOLIS

Journal Vol.: Volume 9
Author(s): SAMUEL N. BOAPEAH
Address(es): Ghana Baptist Theological Seminary, Kumasi

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