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The Centre for Urban Research and Innovations (CURI) in collaboration with Institute of Development Studies (IDS) held a one-day The Kenya National Stakeholders Urban Workshop’ on 11th of May 2015 themed ‘Promoting Inclusive Growth in African Cities’. The workshop was organized by the African Urban Research Initiative (AURI) is a network of applied urban research centres located across all regions of sub-Saharan Africa supported by the Ford Foundation to which CURI and IDS are members.

Mon, 2015-05-11 17:02

The Centre for Urban Research and Innovation met with members of the Participatory Slum Upgrading Program  from the UN Habitat, on the 7th of May 2015 at the YMCA. The UN Habitat PSUP is an initiative of the Africa, Caribbean and Pacific Secretariat funded by the European Commission and implemented by UN Habitat. The aim of the programme in Kenya is to strengthen community, city and national key stakeholders’ capacities in slum upgrading in the country by the national governments and some of the county governments.

Thu, 2015-05-07 16:43

On 11th March 2015, partners in the ‘Making Cities Together’ project i.e. Placemakers, New Town Institute & IFHP launched a place making research project in collaboration with the University of Nairobi. The research objective is to gain an in-depth understanding of public life and public space in Nairobi; how Nairobians use and experience public spaces and what physical aspects define the places.

Thu, 2015-04-02 17:25

The Centre for Urban Research and Innovation is initiating a partnership with the county Government of Lamu to help it understand and tackle development issues in the county.  Lamu County is a buzz for development as the county has been earmarked for large national projects in addition to county level project. The University of Nairobi hopes to work with the county in various sectors so as to fast track development in well calculated and thought out programs.

Mon, 2015-03-16 15:55

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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:

The long history of cities has it that they have been centres of prosperity and social integration. From the pre historic, all through history to the modern times, cities have continued to exist playing critical roles in human development. Cities have been known to be the centres of urbanism formed by numerous interwoven elements.

In recent years Nairobi has seen the massive growth of mammoth high-rise developments in the name of apartments. They have attracted some research by Marie Hzermeyer and Baraka Mwau among others. They come up in many shades - but typically they are dense and feature small rooms. From one perspective they are viewed as the answer to the housing shortage and alternative to slums. On the other hand they are seen as accidents waiting to happen. Many of them have poor infrastructure and are poorly designed. Their social impact is least studied.