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A study of Visual Composition and Imageability of Omdurman Market

A study of Visual Composition and Imageability of Omdurman Market

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Title: A study of Visual Composition and Imageability of Omdurman Market
Author: Ahmed, Amanda Musa Hassen
Abstract: The study summarizes the visual composition of Omdurman market by emphasizing the competition and the imbalance in the visual and aesthetic form of the market between the old vernacular identity and the progressive modern image. The study aims at assessing the current situation of the market image, studying the obstacles and difficulties facing development, identifying the sources of characteristics that affect the visual elements, evaluating the current state of visual composition through the visual elements of the area and emphasizing the role of urban planning and design in shaping the visual and aesthetic of the market. The methodology used the Kevin Lynch’s method to evaluate the visual image of the city with its five elements visual composition: Districts, Edges, Paths, Nodes, and Landmarks. Information gathered from official authorities, researchers' observations and studies of market image, field survey, and stakeholder interviews. The study worked on presenting features from the study area as a whole then focused on the details of Al Mawrada Street, Abu Marin Street, and Al-Sagha Street. The study concluded that the image of the visual optical market of Omdurman, suffers from problems of visual distortion, and the interface is multiple in the external shape of the building, which works to interrupt the visual communication, and there are sources of influence in the image formative aesthetic of the market. Some of these problems are attributed to official relations such as a building terrace, billboards, parapets and sidewalks, as well as a lack of aesthetic and visual public spaces, and elements such as street furniture and green spaces, as well as lack of public services and facilities such as parking lots, latrines, umbrellas and sitting areas. It also concluded the disarrangement of the local authorities, the competent ministries, the syndicate of market trader and civil society to maintain the image of the market in order to show the real image of Omdurman history and the identity of the market that the market will continue to develop as a traditional heritage and tourist attraction point.
URI: http://khartoumspace.uofk.edu/123456789/27110


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