AFRICAN RESEARCH INSTITUTE POLICY VOICES FOR TOWN AND COUNTRY: A New Approach to Urban Planning in Kenya
“Cities are not just Africa’s future: they are its present. Unless collective action is taken now to transform cities like Nairobi into the drivers of economic development and sources of opportunity that they are supposed to be, they will become a tinderbox of perpetual inequality”.1 This warning from Kennedy Odede, head of a community organisation in Kibera, Nairobi’s largest informal settlement, serves as an emphatic reminder of the realities of urban growth in Africa.
CURI would like to join the entire University fraternity to congratulate the graduating class of 2016. Kenya and the world awaits. Congratulations and best of luck!
In an urban context, such as is the city of Nairobi, living spaces are designed to perform the function as areas of relaxation, comfort, safety and security from natural and man-made urban hazards that endanger physical, social, psychological and emotional wellbeing of people. Cases of collapsed residential buildings in the city of Nairobi have undermined the safety and security functions of residential buildings, where most urban residential buildings have been declared potential scenes of building collapse disasters, instead of living spaces that preserve human lives and offer safety to urban residents.
Community spaces play vital roles in enhancing community cohesion, promoting public health and biodiversity, addressing climate change, as well as enhancing the value and appeal of the built environment.
The Department of Architecture and Building Science, University of Nairobi is hosting a 2-day Eastern Africa Workshop and Exhibition. The theme of the workshop is 'Architecture, City and Sustainable Design workshop'.
Among the title to be presented include Housing policies for high-density housing in African Cities, Sustainable urban monuments in Africa cities, Urbanism in Refugee Camps and Rethinking of Urban Space among other topics.
The Kitui Learning Studio recorded yet another milestone, following a successful review session conducted jointly by Centre for Urban Research and Innovation (CURI), University of Nairobi and Shack/Slum Dwellers International-Kenya (SDI-Kenya). The review session was held on the 24th June, at the YMCA Statehouse House Road, Nairobi and was attended by project members from both sides of the partnership.