Mapping latest patterns of urban sprawl in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Authors: Sheliza Bhanjee*,
Topics: Spatial Analysis & Modeling, Africa, Urban Geography
Keywords: urban sprawl, Africa, Dar es Salaam, GIS, informal settlement
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/11/2018
Start / End Time: 5:20 PM / 7:00 PM
Room: Napoleon Foyer/Common St. Corridor, Sheraton, 3rd Floor
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Urban sprawl is a growing concern in cities in the East African region as the urban population increases and cities spatially expand at high rates. The study aims to provide up-to-date empirical evidence for sprawling patterns in Dar es Salaam by examining GIS-based data on built up area and population distribution. It also aims to present a more nuanced depiction of urban sprawl through differentiating planned urban construction from informal residential sprawling growth. Results indicate the metropolis of Dar es Salaam has followed a sprawling path of urban expansion characterized by low-density urban development in the fringe areas over the last forty years with informal residential sprawl as the dominant form of residential construction in Dar es Salaam.

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