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Participation: Using Social Media in the Urban Planning process

The role played by communication and participation in urban planning cannot be underestimated. Without proper communication to various stakeholders, plans and projects can easily fall prey to misunderstandings or be swayed by opponents and selfish interest groups. This predicament has been witnessed worldwide in various transportation, housing development and even urban renewal projects. As a […]

Nairobi Public Spaces: Viable or open for Grabbing?

As a means of ensuring a good quality of life for residents, city planning guidelines require provision of public spaces in all residential areas. These include space for playgrounds, public parks, gardens and general open spaces. Public purpose land use management also provides for market centres, shopping areas and public halls  In Nairobi City, most residential […]

Public vs Private Urban Housing, what direction for Nairobi, Kenya?

The recent drive towards an open market economy has led to the private sector providing various services that were traditionally under the mandate of the state or municipality. Critics, however, view this development as an opportunity for well-connected individuals to control essential services and reap profitable returns. In Nairobi, Kenya, some of the key areas […]

How Sustainable are the emerging Private Cities around Nairobi, Kenya?

Years back Ebenezer Howard proposed a ‘Garden City’ in his famous text ‘Garden Cities of Tomorrow’. The world famous urbanist envisioned self-reliant and independent cities that are spacious and organized; have limited/controlled populace and unified land ownership. Le Corbusier later analyzed the challenges faced by increased urbanization in Europe and came up with his version […]

Urban October: Public Spaces for All

‘Urban October’ was launched by UN-Habitat in 2014 to emphasize the world’s urban challenges and engage the international community towards the New Urban Agenda. Starting with World Habitat Day on 5th October and concluding with World Cities Day on 31st October under the motto ‘Designed to Live Together’, urbanists are organizing events centered around urbanization, […]

Nairobi’s Tom Mboya Street: User Friendly or Not?

City streets play a major function in urban life and economy. Dynamic Streets, like those within Central Business District areas that serve multiple users can at times be said to be the ‘life of a city.’ Nairobi’s Tom Mboya Street is a relevant example of this type of multi user street . Located at the […]

Kenya: Two Railway Lines Running Parallel on Different Gauges

One of the most ambitious projects on the African continent was the construction of the (Kenya) Uganda Railway Line. A British imperial project, it was later dubbed the ‘Lunatic Line.’   Passing through 5 different physical regions  comprising a variety of vegetative and climatic zones the line stretches from the coastal lowlands to the vast plateau, […]

Mi Teleférico: Worlds Highest Cable Car Transports over 42,000 people daily

The earliest known use of cable transit for passenger  transportation was in 250 B.C in South China. Though they have been used in European ski resorts for decades, it is only in the last few years that their use in urban centres has become widespread.   Last year (2014), the Bolivian Government launched what is […]

Planners: Does Security in Urban Centres begin with you?

Innovative approaches to Urban Security In addition to the visible challenges of mobility, human settlements and environmental sustainability, city planners have to think about Urban Security. Cities have been said to the ‘honeypot of criminal activities’ where  incidents of muggings, car-jacking, house burglaries and occasional hooliganism are common. . Recent times have also seen cities […]

Nairobi, Kenya aims at Regularizing Unauthorized Structures

January 28, 2015, The collapse of a residential building on the 17th of December, 2014 in Makongeni and another one in Huruma on the night of the 4th of January 2015  has led to the Nairobi City County Government calling for an emergency recess to analyze and seek approval of the Nairobi City County Regularization […]

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