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#MjiWetu: Mixed Land Use is not Random Land Use

Recent trends in urban development have encouraged cities to transform in a more ‘people oriented approach.’ This trend places emphasis on the importance of cities to be commuter friendly (walkability and connectivity), environmentally sustainable and to create opportunities for human interaction and cohesion. A strong sense of place in cities and communities has also emerged. […]

#MjiWetu: Do Walls improve the Security of our City?

Slightly over two decades ago, most residential fences in middle class areas of Nairobi consisted of natural trees like cypress or key-apple. For a city that doesn’t drain well, this manner of fencing greatly benefited it during the wet season, providing adequate paths for rainwater to flow towards the many small rivers that pass through […]

Nairobi: Mixed Use Zones are Redefining the City

Both Homer Hoyt’s Sector Theory of Urban Development and Ernest Burgess’ Concentric Zone Theory highlight how cities grow outward from a core district (the Central Business District) towards the periphery with distinct land use zones.  Without good land use management, cities run the risk of growing too far out, a concept known as urban sprawl. […]

Is Nairobi Central Business District DEAD?

The Nairobi Central Business District (CBD) has undergone a gradual transformation in the last few years that has seen it turn into a large bus yard and parking area for public transit vehicles (towards the east), a queuing zone for authorized buses (around the centre) and a large taxi park (towards the west). Retail stores […]

Nairobi, Kenya: No BRT due to Poor Planning?

Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary (Minister) for Transport recently stated that a Bus Rapid Transit System (BRT) would not be possible in the City of Nairobi. In his statement, according to press reports, he mentioned that the city lacked space for a BRT due to poor planning and added that to ease congestion, a commuter rail and expanded roads would […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

When the call to drive at 30 kph in Nairobi, Kenya is necessary!

Over 1.24 million people die and between 20 and 50 million are injured on the world’s roads annually. The largest portion of this burden is borne by those living in low and middle income countries. In Kenya, over 3000 people die annually on  the roads and nearly double that are injured. A large number of […]

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