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Date of publication: 
July 2015
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9
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Flexibility in dwelling units allows for easy and economical physical change and adaptation of spaces for the changing circumstances and needs of the dwellers over the life of the dwelling. However, the knowledge on how dwelling units in multi-family housing respond physically and programmatically to the changing spatial needs of dwellers is still limited.

This paper examines the potential and capacity for the dwelling units in multifamily housing in Tanzania to respond to various spatial needs of dwellers over time. Various spatial needs of people and aspects of flexibility as applied to housing were analysed; with particular reference to Ubungo and Garden Flats developed by the National Housing Corporation (NHC) in Dar es Salaam. The study employed an empirical investigation in which information on changing spatial needs of dwellers and how various aspects of flexibility apply in multifamily housing was sought in the two housing schemes. Data collection methods included literature review, observation, Focus Group Discussion and in-depth interviews.

It was established that the design of housing schemes in Tanzania does not take into account flexibility as the overall idea of accommodating the dynamic spatial changes of dwellers. The paper, therefore, recommends design approaches that can be used to achieve flexibility at minimum inconvenience and budget in this type of dwelling units

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Author(s), editor(s), contributor(s): 
Daniel A. Mbisso and Irene N. Temu
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The Journal of Land Administration in Eastern Africa (JLAEA) is publication of the Land Administration Unit that was set up at ARU in November 2009. JLAEA mirrors the aspirations of the Land Administration Unit at Ardhi University (ARU) whose mission is to ensure quality education and training, research, scientific publications, information dissemination, documentation and public services through integrated cross disciplinary team work in land administration.

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The Journal of Land Administration in Eastern Africa (JLAEA) is publication of the Land Administration Unit that was set up at ARU in November 2009. JLAEA mirrors the aspirations of the Land Administration Unit at Ardhi University (ARU) whose mission is to ensure quality education and training, research, scientific publications, information dissemination, documentation and public services through integrated cross disciplinary team work in land administration.

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The Journal of Land Administration in Eastern Africa (JLAEA) is publication of the Land Administration Unit that was set up at ARU in November 2009. JLAEA mirrors the aspirations of the Land Administration Unit at Ardhi University (ARU) whose mission is to ensure quality education and training, research, scientific publications, information dissemination, documentation and public services through integrated cross disciplinary team work in land administration.

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