The Urban Design Program at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP), and the Urban Design Lab at the Earth Institute, in collaboration with the Millennium Cities Initiative (MCI) are pleased to have been instrumental in developing this strategic analysis of the Ga Mashie and Nima neighborhoods in Accra, together with the "toolkit" for realizing these potentials.
The Accra study articulates investment options that are necessary to realize development opportunities and their correlation with the most effective outcomes. The "toolkit" approach includes major interventions as well as community centered micro improvements that can enable differing economic interests and stakeholders related to Accra development to easily determine possible project combinations and trajectories. This project is the outcome of a collaborative agreement between the Earth Institute and the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) around exploration of urban development issues in a number of specific neighborhoods, including Nima East and Ga Mashie. The Urban Design Lab’s preliminary involvement began in July 2010, leading to the Spring Semester 2011 Urban Design Studio, and the post Studio work undertaken subsequently. The Ga Mashie and Nima East neighborhoods were studied with the guidance of local stakeholder groups. Further development of this approach is currently underway in Kumasi, Ghana also in collaboration with the Millennium Cities Initiative and the Urban Design Program.