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Spaces of Cultural Resistance: The Contestation Between Tradition and Colonial Housing Typologies in Southern African Townships - Zimbabwe (1894-2005).

My research investigates housing typologies introduced by the dividing policies of colonial segregation. Through an analysis of cities conceived on the basis of ‘colour lines,’ it will explore how colonial architects and town planners as agents of empire exercised ideological practices, bringing them to bear upon the practical needs of future occupants. The study will proceed to analyse the impacts of colonial archetypes on the native inhabitants and examine spatialities created during moments contestations between forms and occupant customs. Furthermore, the research will reinvigorate the disengaged discourse, between occupants as social organisms and anti-social industrial housing, developed during emergence of colonial industrial and factory systems. Here, as in other global urban locations, that were/are designed on the basis of segregation to enhance an elite groups power and wealth ; the thesis intends to identify solutions to these marginalised spatialities. It aims to show how the differences between cultural methods of existence and imposed architecture grounded in colonial ideological legislation, needed/need reconciliation to conceive coherent mechanisms that accommodate for changes in postcolonial urbanism.

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