Re-Envisioning Health in Kumasi: Spatial Provocations

Kumasi transportation and urban fabric Asokore Mapong Columbia and KNUST students Growing Canopies - Hospital social cores Growing Canopies - Healing and productive hospital enviroment Metro-Tro - Entrance for contemporary Kumasi
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Growing Canopies - Healing and productive hospital enviroment

The inventive spatial strategies presented in Re-Envisioning Health in Kumasi: Spatial Strategies respond to the complexity of the following four sites: Fante New Town, the bustling commercial informal core of Kumasi, Ghana; Asokore Mampong, a new independent municipality created within the boundaries of the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly; Subin, an existing tro-tro hub in the city center; and Juaben, a peripheral town expected to grow and develop with the construction of a new planned specialty hospital. The four urban design interventions, carefully based on the study and analysis of existing conditions, comprise a set of design guidelines that can begin to shape Kumasi’s role as a global city.

The project is the culmination of a design studio in Columbia University’s Urban Design Program at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP) and marks the third year of research and design in Ghana, and the second in Kumasi. One of the main agendas for this publication is to explore how spatial strategies and urban design can reduce health inequality in Kumasi and establish new patterns of development rooted in existing processes, systems, and local knowledge.

The report was coordinated through the Earth Institute’s Urban Design Lab (UDL) with the Millennium Cities Initiative (MCI).

Editors: Susan M Blaustein, Geeta Mehta, Richard Plunz
Managing Editors and Designers: Sagi Golan, Scott Archer, Samarth Das, Vanessa Espaillat

Re-Envisioning Health in Kumasi: Spatial Provocations publication