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The Centre for Urban Research and Innovations (CURI) and its partners namely Akiba Mashinani Trust (AMT), Slum Dwellers International (SDI), the Federation for Urban Poor (Muungano wa Wanavijiji) and University of California, Berkeley, have in the last 7 years been focused on research and collaborative action aimed at promoting sustainable urban development.

Tue, 2017-04-04 14:42

The month of September, 2016 saw the Centre engage with the residents of Kiandutu and Mukuru Viwandani informal settlements in Phase II of the IDRC sponsored project dubbed “Unlocking the Poverty Penalty, and Upscaling the Respect for Rights in Informal Settlements”.

Wed, 2017-02-22 17:03

The Centre for Urban Research and Innovations in collaboration with the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Nairobi and Makueni County Government have embarked on a learning experience of an Urban Studio in Makueni’s commercial hub of Emali. The studio is the first of it kind in Makueni County and its collaborative in nature therefore allowing for information sharing and learning exchange between the Univerity of Nairobi and Makueni County.

Sat, 2016-11-12 20:40

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.

Mon, 2016-08-22 18:57

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.

Wed, 2016-08-17 13:10

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.

Tue, 2016-08-16 16:25

One way through which poverty in cities is manifested is through proliferation of slums and informal settlements. To address the question of growing slums, various policy interventions have been attempted including but not limited to; issuance of land titles to informal settlers/squatters, slum upgrading through enabling approaches such as infrastructure improvement and slum eradication through evictions.

Thu, 2016-07-21 18:01

Establishing land rights in informal settlements is more often than not a protracted engagement pitting the government on one side and the land owner(s) and the slum dwellers on the other. In the ensuing contestation over the land, the government either at the national or county level has to also contend with its responsibility to maintain order and safety through planned developments by exercising its police power/development control.

Thu, 2016-07-21 17:39

Public spaces are all places publicly owned or of public use, accessible and enjoyable by all for free and without profit motive. This includes streets, open spaces and public facilities. UN Habitat, in their 2015 report “Global Public Space Toolkit: From Global Principles to Local Policies and Practice”,   describes public space as places where people perform a number of functions that are shared with all.

Thu, 2016-07-21 11:17

The Centre for Urban Research and Innovations (CURI) consultancy team and the University of Nairobi Enterprise Services (UNES) held a five-day retreat held at the Serena Safari Lodge in Kilaguni, Mtito Andei. Held from 22nd to 27th May 2016, the retreat purposed to formulate and launch a responsive Nairobi City County Development Control Policy to facilitate the implementation of Nairobi Integrated Urban Development Master Plan (NIUPLAN).

Wed, 2016-06-22 11:37

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