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Nairobi: How can buses help decongest?

There has been lots of talk over the last few years about ‘decongesting’ the city of Nairobi. Unfortunately most of it has been done on paper with the few practical attempts towards ‘decongesting’ proving to be either short term or complete failures. Nearly all of these proposals have been dubbed as ‘Quick wins’ focusing on […]

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 […]

Aerial Cable Transit: Urban Gondolas for African Cities?

Recent decades have experienced a revolution in urban transportation with the ensuing development of ‘alternative means’ of modern urban transport. Harvard professor Clayton Christensen  calls these alternatives ‘disruptive technology,’ which uses simple innovations that differ from the traditional modes of urban mass transit like regular bus services, light rail trains and Metro Rail. South American […]

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 […]

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 […]

Countering the Increasing Energy Consumption in Growing Cities

Current global trends indicate that over 50% of the world’s human population lives in urban areas. Although the figure for the African continent is lower at  40%; its growth rate of 3.6 % is double the world’s average and the highest globally. Urban centres have greater requirements for the generation, distribution and consumption of energy […]

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 […]

Cable Cars: Introducing the Likoni ‘Air-Line’ in Mombasa, Kenya

Transportation is the movement of people and goods from a point of origin to a destination. Several means can be employed; from the more popular cars and buses to bicycles, boats and even ferries. Over the last few decades Urban Centers have grown exponentially both in population size and surface area. Urban developers have realized […]

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 […]

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