2052-55 House Rehabilitation
Zanzibar, Tanzania
Aga Khan Historic Cities Programme
The Stone Town of Zanzibar became a World Heritage Site in December 2000, joining a select list of sites around the world of 'outstanding universal value'. But Zanzibar is a living city where daily life is a struggle for many of its inhabitants. Poverty, degradation, inequity live side by side with built heritage of great beauty. The community-based rehabilitation programme addresses these two realities.

The objective of the community-based rehabilitation programme is to tackle physical degradation of the built environment by improving the basic quality of life of those who live and work in it. The Programme focuses on the needs of the community that inhabits and breathes life into the town, very many of whom are the urban poor. Eradicating poverty is a more intractable problem, but many of the causes of degradation are found in the way the town is occupied and administered. Community-based rehabilitation tackles these systemic problems, which perpetuate inequities, create a sense of powerlessness in both tenants and administrators, stymie investment in repairs or maintenance, accelerate the downward spiral of decay and fail to provide the resources, skill or incentive to reverse the situation.

The building is a typical Indian influenced architecture owned by the Ministry of Housing. The Stone Town Conservation Master Plan of 1994 lists it as "a significant building". Due to lack of maintenance, it is in a deteriorating conservation state and requires immediate intervention to prevent further decay.

Source: Aga Khan Cultural Services - Zanzibar
Location
Zanzibar, Tanzania
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restored 2000s
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2052-55 House Rehabilitation
Zanzibar Urban Village
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area conservation
urban design and development
community development
urban design and development
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Aga Khan Historic Cities Programme
restoration and conservation
area development
urban regeneration