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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

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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.