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Neighbourhood Open Spaces : Co-production and Spatial Transformation in Addis Ababa (2022)

Tesfamariam, S. Y., Alemayehu, E. Y., & Stark, L. (2022). Neighbourhood Open Spaces : Co-production and Spatial Transformation in Addis Ababa. In L. Stark, & A. B. Teppo (Eds.), Power and Informality in Urban Africa Ethnographic Perspectives (pp. 191-214). Zed Books. https://doi.org/10.5040/9781350237599.ch-9

JYU authors or editors

Publication details

All authors or editorsTesfamariam, Segen Yainshet; Alemayehu, Elias Yitbarek; Stark, Laura

Parent publicationPower and Informality in Urban Africa Ethnographic Perspectives

Parent publication editorsStark, Laura; Teppo, Annika Björnsdotter



Publication year2022

Pages range191-214

Number of pages in the book264

PublisherZed Books

Place of PublicationLondon

Publication countryUnited Kingdom

Publication languageEnglish


Publication open accessNot open

Publication channel open access

Publication is parallel published (JYX)https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/83957


The open spaces of a city are its lungs. They are places for people to exercise and carry out social activities, they influence the water cycle, and have considerable impact on air quality. In the developed world, companies are attracted to locations that offer well-designed, well-managed public spaces and these in turn attract customers, employees, and services (Byrne and Sipe 2010) . The presence of green parks, squares, gardens, and other public spaces in urban areas have therefore become vital marketing tools. Well-planned areas with green open spaces offer benefits to the local economy in terms of raising real-estate prices (ibid. ) . Open spaces facilitate social communication, relaxation and recreation, and promote trade and tourism (Thompson 2002) . Open spaces are among a city’s most valuable assets that are threatened by rapid urban transformation. Protecting these open spaces and maintaining sustainable...

Keywordstowns and citiesurbanisationurban populationurban designenvironmenturban environmentpublic spacesparksgreenbeltseffects (results)recreation areassocial effectssocial interactionanthropologyethnographyurban sociologyprotection (activity)sustainable development

Free keywordsAfrica

Contributing organizations

Ministry reportingYes

Reporting Year2022

JUFO rating2

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