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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.

Mon, 2015-05-25 05:46

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

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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.

A common planning trend with old, contemporary and growing urban areas across the world is the setting out of the green spaces. The green spaces or ‘open spaces’ as are commonly referred play a big role in maintaining the social, cultural/ heritage and political value in the urban spaces.