Journal of Contemporary Urban Affairs <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> Alanya Hamdullah Emin Paşa Üniversitesi en-US Journal of Contemporary Urban Affairs 2475-6164 Proclaiming Post-colonial Urban Heritage: Towards an Inclusive Heritage-interpretation for Colombo’s Colonial Past <p><em>Colombo, Sri Lanka’s commercial capital is a forceful creation of European colonialists who occupied the island for four centuries. Its urban structure and monumental buildings display the social fragmentation sought by rulers. Colombo elaborates an extraordinary process of city making; Dutch-origin, British-reshaping, and post-colonial adaptation. Most grand buildings have been protected for age or use values. The recent interest of renovating them for tourism attests to a marked change in heritage-interpretation. This, placing undue attention on a social group with a high-spending power, is found to be further emptying the compartmentalized urban spaces. This exclusion of sub-societies cost a possible stewardship to an urban heritage. Having observed the non-sustainability of current heritage-interpretation in Colombo, we searched for alternatives to unify societies in time-space and to promote their return to occupy urban spaces. Our empirical studies have clearly established the need to prioritize the inherent cultural values of the colonial-built urban fabric in shaping an inclusive heritage-interpretation. Having studied more vibrant heritage-interpretation techniques and their results through literature, we intend to contribute to the development of inclusive heritage interpretation practices to protect Colombo’s colonial past sustainably.</em></p> Harsha Munasinghe Copyright (c) 5 1 An EXPERIMENTAL STUDY OF THE TECHNICAL PROPERTIES AND COMPRESSIVE STRENGTH OF LATERITE BRICKS STABILISED WITH CEMENT AND WOOD ASH <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> Oluranti Oladunmoye Copyright (c) 5 1