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Plan for the New Capital of Tanzania

Preface

There is a time in one's life when perhaps the greatest sense of fulfillment in work takes place. For those of us who are oriented, as we are in our company, towards making the most meaningful contribution to society in the planning and realization of human settlement and environmental development and conservation, these moments undoubtedly took place in our involvement together with our friends and colleagues of the Capital Development Authority, in the work of creating a master plan for Tanzania's new Capital City.

In a personal sense, it was an honour and a most rewarding experience to meet the Director General and his first staff members in 1973, and to feel with them that here was an opportunity to take part in an outstanding and worthy endeavour, destined to become an act of great faith and determination, to serve the needs of a rapidly evolving new society.

Later, upon commencing our detailed involvement, each one of the firm's team was able to intensify the individual and collective effort, through close interaction with the Chairman of the Authority, his Board and the personnel of the many ministries whose co-ordinated programmes would be instrumental in much of the infrastructural achievement. At all times the inspiration and leadership of Mwalimu was with us and the master plan has thus become more penetrating and successful. Above all, we have felt that each Tanzanian citizen contacted, left something of his personality, his aspirations, in the plan.

As a result, the many long and devoted hours of careful study and synthesis have brought forth a design of communities in a capital setting borne of Tanzanian philosophy and taking the best technology from other parts of the world.

In the annals of urban and regional planning, I am certain that this project will make very distinct and substantial contributions to improve the present state of the art. The Tanzanian appreciation that land must serve community settlement rather than be used as a tool of exploitation, is a foundation for rational and good design, allowing the placement of facilities to be free of individually contrived land values. Open space planning and education are the beginning of the communities' structure in a more correlated way than can be seen heretofore. Energy and resource saving have been one of the most important considerations, especially in the realm of transportation and movement systems, which will serve as an example to many quarters of the world. The TANU way of involving each and every person in neighbourhood activity, at the most local level, is provided for in the Capital's settlement pattern to give a positive thrust towards the finer collective and social instincts, in contrast with those new urban communities which have physical patterns that reinforce counterproductive social activity and struggle. Moreover, it has from the outset been a deliberate policy that the Capital City must not only provide amenities and infrastructure for the urban residents, but that it must also enable the surrounding rural citizens a steadily more rewarding life.

Many thousands of people will be drawn into the task of implementing this plan, which requires great diligence and concern for its tenets, to ensure the finest form of realization. Each one involved in the master plan development will be looking with anticipation, to the effectiveness of interpretation of the ideas in the plan, as it progressively assumes its role in building the nation.

Macklin L Hancock
Project Planning Associates Limited



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