Title A Study on the Change of Spatial Utilization in the Unit Plan Structure of Residential Apartments in Kenya
Authors 최정윤(Choi, Jung yun) ; 최재필(Choi, Jaepil)
DOI https://doi.org/10.5659/JAIK.2021.37.3.11
Page pp.11-18
ISSN 2733-6247
Keywords Space Syntax; Kenya; Apartment; Spatial Organization
Abstract This study focuses on apartments as a way to analyze the spatial configurations and social implications of such provision. Kenya has the largest economy in East Africa and the average growth rate of urbanization in Kenya is thigh, therefore it is important to understand the cause and change of urban expansion by analyzing their housing type. Apartments are being adopted as an efficient method of providing houses for developing countries. In these countries, apartments are the tangible outcome of rapid urbanization and economic prosperity. This study intends to examine changes found in the unit floor plans of the apartment built in Nairobi, Kenya from 2000 to 2016 by means of time series analysis using the context of space syntax model. Further, this study aims to elaborate on why such changes have occurred. According to the results of this study, apartment from 2000 to 2004 was a new housing type designed in the ‘universal/global’ trend of apartment housing which did not fit into the context of Kenyan apartments. As adjustment and changes in political, economic, and social issues that started to appear in 2005 apartments became more of a popular housing type and were constructed more frequently. Furthermore, apartments from 2005 to 2016 started to embrace and reflect the cultural contents of Kenyan living style where these characteristics started to reappear in floor plans. These changes are seen through the location of the corridor, private zones, and the kitchen.