Journal article

Kumasi: Towards a sustainable and resilient cityscape

Patrick Brandful Cobbinah, Eric Gaisie, Nana Yaw Oppong-Yeboah, Desmond Ofosu Anim

Cities | Elsevier BV | Published : 2019


Kumasi is the administrative capital of the Ashanti Region of, and the second largest city in, Ghana. The city also remains the seat of the traditional Asante Kingdom with its establishment around the late 17th century. It was given the accolade the ‘Garden City of West Africa’ in the 1940s due to its greenery cityscape. Over the years, Kumasi's development and morphological trajectories have been dictated by its formidable traditional and cultural ties as well as socio-political antecedents shaped by mainstream political and traditional systems. Presently, the city is faced with rapid urban growth characterised by urban blight, contradictions in governance regimes, distortions in planning s..

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Funding Acknowledgements

We acknowledge the University of Melbourne for funding support through the Australian Government Research Training Programme (RTP) and Melbourne Research scholarships. Special thanks to Abena Asare-Ansah for her help in processing satellite images and Mr. Joseph Agaliga for providing some of the photo images used in this work.