A reinterpretation of "sense of place" : a study of the Stone Town of Zanzibar
Author(s)De Costa, Alfred Franklin
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Architecture.
Ronald B. Lewcock.
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This thesis attempts to understand the evolution of the Stone Town of Zanzibar, an urban fabric that had undergone a phase of upheaval that was brought about by a brief period of rapid change in its political, social and economic structure. The relevance of the investigation lies mainly in the historical context of the urban fabric under study and in its unique cosmopolitan identity. These two factors direct the focus of attention to the 'cumulative consciousness' of this urban environment that manifests itself in the various diverse elements that form what has been called the 'core' of a 'place'. The 'core' is examined as a potential tool that could be utilized to generate a reinterpretation of the 'sense of place' in a socially transformed urban fabric. The substance of this reinterpretation is directed towards establishing a premise for reinvigorating, by stressing continuity, a stagnant traditional environment Personal reflection on general and particular experiences of 'places' within the area under study constitute the main body of material analysed. The framework for the analysis emerges as an assembly of theoretical and factual data that supports the objective goals of the study. In conclusion, the study is oriented towards reviving a consciousness of the uniqueness of the "place" that is lacking in the current conservation efforts being undertaken within the Stone Town of Zanzibar and that may be exploited in its overall revitalization.
Thesis (M.S.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Architecture, 1989.Includes bibliographical references (leaves 177-184).
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Architecture
Massachusetts Institute of Technology