Journal of Contemporary Urban Affairs 2021-04-28T16:48:23+00:00 Hourakhsh Ahmad Nia Open Journal Systems <h2><strong>Journal of Contemporary Urban Affairs</strong></h2> <p><strong>Main Title</strong></p> <p>Journal Of Contemporary Urban Affairs</p> <p><strong>Serial key title</strong></p> <p>Journal Of Contemporary Urban Affairs</p> <p><strong>Abbreviation:</strong> JCUA</p> <p><strong>Serial type:</strong> Journal</p> <p><strong>Publisher:</strong> Alanya Hamdullah Emin Paşa Üniversitesi, <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener"></a></p> <p><strong>Format:</strong> Printed and Electronic version / ISSN <a href="">2475-6156</a> (printed) ISSN <a href="">2475-6164</a> (online)</p> <p> <strong>Web site: </strong><a href=""></a></p> <p><strong>Editor:</strong> Dr. Hourakhsh A. Nia (Editor-in-Chief)</p> <p><strong>Frequency:</strong> 2 issues per year (June and December)</p> <p><strong>Start year:</strong> 2017</p> <p><strong>The DOI prefix</strong> allotted for JCUA is 10.25034</p> <p><strong>Content type:</strong> Academic/Scholarly</p> <p><strong>Language:</strong> English</p> <p><strong>Key features:</strong> Abstracted and Indexed, Refereed, Double-Blind Peer Review.</p> <p><strong>Status:</strong> Active</p> <p><strong>Keywords:</strong> Pandemic and Urban Public Spaces, Conflict and Divided Territories, Emerging Cities, Morphology, Infra Habitation , Slums , Affordable Houses, Gated Communities, Revitalization, Regeneration and Urban renewal, Quality of Life , Rapid Urbanization, Urban Sprawl.</p> An EXPERIMENTAL STUDY OF THE TECHNICAL PROPERTIES AND COMPRESSIVE STRENGTH OF LATERITE BRICKS STABILISED WITH CEMENT AND WOOD ASH 2021-04-28T16:48:23+00:00 Oluranti Oladunmoye <p>An experimental study was carried out in order to determine the compressive strength and technical properties of laterite bricks stabilized with cement, wood ash, and sawdust. Cement stabilized compressed laterite bricks were tested. The compressive strength of lateritic soil-based materials was determined. The objective of this paper is to determine the effect(s) of the addition of cement and wood ash to lateritic soil brick on the compressive strength using four soil samples. The findings showed a positive effect of the additives of cement and wood ash on increasing the compressive strength of the stabilized laterite bricks. The study showed that the optimum value for water absorption of wood ash stabilization is at 10% C with 5% WA (19.09%) replacement and 15% C with 10% SD. The compressive strength of the different samples measured showed an increase in the failure point of the brick with an increase in the percentage of cement and wood ash.</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> Copyright (c) Optimizing the Spatial Configurations of an Urban Open Space: Syntactic Analysis of the Restored Hatirjheel Wetland, Dhaka 2021-03-31T20:24:59+00:00 Md Arifur Rahman <p>Owing to rapid urbanization, the role of urban open spaces, both in the inhabitants’ daily and social lives, is becoming increasingly significant. This significance is even more applicable for the densely populated Dhaka city, which has historically overseen numerous urban migrations. Regretfully, the inhabitants of Dhaka can access a few urban recreational facilities, public open spaces in particular. Due to illegal encroachment, low maintenance and rigid policymaking, those limited number of open spaces are becoming desolated gradually and are in the potential danger of greater extinction soon. The Hatirjheel wetland area inside Dhaka has recently been restored as an important public open space to connect the city’s green-blue network. Accessibility is a significant spatial configuration to judge its potential success. This research analyzed how accessibility would optimize the multi-scalar relationship between neighborhood and urban activities. It also searched for its potentials as an active urban open space to accelerate local and global activity through a series of syntactic analyses. The possible weaknesses behind those open spaces’ inactiveness were both theoretically and practically investigated. Finally, it suggested some recommendations by analyzing these circumstances to improve the current conditions and obtain optimum benefits from the existing open space.</p> Copyright (c)