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Tue, 2014-08-26 15:15

On 12th August 2014, the School of the Built Environment (SBE) signed an MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) with ADCC International East Africa Ltd. The purpose of this MOU is to establish collaboration between ADCC and SBE for the delivery of software training to students. The signing of the MOU would facilitate the co-operation and communication exchange between the said institutions.

Fri, 2014-08-15 12:55

On 5th August 2014, the University of Nairobi Chancellor, Dr. Vijoo Rattansipaid a visit to the College of Architecture and Engineering.  This was the first time she was visiting the college since her appointmentin December 2013. The Chancellor was accompanied by the members of the Executive University Management Board (UMB), the Chairman of the University Council, Dr. Idle Omar Farah, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. George Magoha, DVCs for Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, and Research, Production and Extension, Principal, College of Architecture and Engineering, and other senior university and college management members of staff. In her visit, she had an opportunityto visit various College units, sampling some of the Colleges facilities and activities in place.

Wed, 2014-08-06 13:57

Honorable justice Isaac Lenaola will be visiting Mabatini village located deep in the Mathare valley tomorrow (18th July 2014 from 10a.m.) to confirm for himself the extent to which Mr. Samuel Ojowa (A slum land lord) has built his 3 massive tenements. This action by the judge was brought about by the hot case filed back in the year 2010 by the Mabatini residents when Mr. Ojowa started forcing out tenants and evicting his adjacent structure owners for his developments. According to Peter Muiruri (the current Mabatini chairman), the slumlord dexterously hijacked the community’s plans to legally acquire the slum-land they had inhabited for over 45years – since the 1970’s.

Fri, 2014-07-18 16:55

Events

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Service provision in majority of Kenya’s informal settlements is predominantly controlled by Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO’s) and cartels. This phenomenon is prompted by government’s reluctance to provide services in informal settlements owing to their informal nature.

Land tenure is among the key elements that define slum settlements. The lack of tenure security limits both private and public investments in settlements translating to slum conditions. The form of land tenure also has implications on which settlements get upgraded whether by government, communities or other partners.

Emali town is a small town that lies along the Northern Corridor, in both Makueni and Kajiado Counties. A larger commercial part of the town lies in Makueni County while the section in Kajiado County is predominantly for residential use. The Mombasa - Kampala Railway and now the Standard Gauge Railway act as town’s border of Kajiado and Makueni County.

The Country is currently engaged in deliberations for undertaking a huge construction project that will have far-reaching impact on many aspects of the social, spatial, economic, environmental, and political consequences both now and in future. As we read about cost issues as well as the operational and political repercussions of the same, and what this project has to do to serve the economy, Planners have to ask and confront some fundamental questions: