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CURI Newsletter

The Paradox of Rise in Shopping Malls along Thika Superhighway

The construction of Thika Superhighway began in 2009 and was completed in 2012, a period which saw the rush for ‘prime’ land along the project. With sprawl inevitable, the need for housing was imminent, and with housing comes the need for service centres to offer consumable goods, recreation, and other necessities, thus developers took the opportunity. Large malls; mixed use developments incorporating wholesale and retail enterprises, office spaces, residential houses, leisure/recreational spots and banks, have since been put up, generally transforming the character of Thika road environs. So far, since the completion of the superhighway, Thika Road Mall, Garden City, Mountain Mall, Juja City Mall, and Uni-City Mall in Kenyatta University have all been put up, or are under construction.

Land Market Study

The Centre for Urban Research and Innovations in collaboration with the Association of African Planning Schools (AAPS), conducted a study on ‘infrastructure knowledge programme policy research’ themed Urban infrastructure in Sub-Saharan Africa – harnessing land values, housing and transport’.

Regional Learning Workshop on Land and Natural Resources Tenure Security in East and Southern Africa

A Regional Learning Workshop on “Land and Natural Resources Tenure Security” took place in in Nairobi-Kenya on 30th June to 2nd July 2015 to provide an important opportunity for the different IFAD-supported projects and partners in East and Southern Africa to share their achievements, lessons learnt and provide a way forward.

Completion of the placemaking project: New strategies for Nairobi's public places

On the 17th June 2015 the University of Nairobi team members who participated in the Placemaking project were issued with certificates of excellence and participation. This was after a successful completion of the project that focused on making better public spaces in the city of Nairobi.

4th African Urban Research Initiative Meeting

The fourth African Urban Research Initiative Meeting was held in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on the 28-30 June 2015. Africa Urban Research initiative (AURI) is a network composed of 12 urban research centres across the African continent established in 2013. AURI supports existing and future Africa based research centres to improve the capacity of individual centres to undertake collaborative urban research and to engage with key decision---makers to proactively address Africa’s urban transition. The meeting was supported by  the Ford Foundation, as part of a one-year work programme aimed at consolidating the network and refining collective thinking on key issues that will ultimately inform the forthcoming AURI publications for dissemination at the 2015 Africities conference and Habitat III in 2016. In attendance from the University of Nairobi was Prof Peter M. Ngau (CURI) and Prof Winnie Mitullah (IDS).

Regional Learning Workshop on Land and Natural Resources Tenure Security in East and Southern Africa

A Regional Learning Workshop on “Land and Natural Resources Tenure Security” took place in in Nairobi-Kenya on 30th June to 2nd July 2015 to provide an important opportunity for the different IFAD-supported projects and partners in East and Southern Africa to share their achievements, lessons learnt and provide a way forward.

4th African Urban Research Initiative Meeting

University of Nairobi Annual Tree Planting Day

The University of Nairobi held its annual tree planting at Ngong hills over looking the beautiful Nairobi city on one side and the vast rift Vally on the other. Ngong hill forms the catchment of Ngong river- which flows through the city of Nairobi and drain into  the greater Athi river that flows to Indian Ocean. Recent floods in Nairobi showed the  limitations of the city in managing such water flows from the mountain. This can be assosiated to the increased deforestation and the encroachment of riparian reserves by rogue constructions. The University of Nairbo hopes to continue support the plight of environmental conservation not only through research but also through action.

University of Nairobi Annual Tree Planting Day

Kenya National Stakeholders Urban Workshop

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.

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