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Last year we saw the former Permanent Secretary for Information and Communications Technology Dr. Bitange Ndemo defend the Konza City project against critics of the multibillion kes project. Critiques such as the ones raised by Dr. David Ndii on Konza being a pipe dream 'not conceptualized' but rather an idea dropped from the sky. A recall of such debates made me want to know more about the implications of such a project to Kenyans. 

Wed, 2014-12-10 09:27

Cities are growing every day and urban spaces have become more complex. Managing these huge urban spaces in our time has led to the demand for greater innovation and intelligence. Proposing solutions to all the problems in city planning is no longer viable within the timeframe in which they can be detected; putting forward solutions and implementing those solutions takes long enough for the initial problem to have already changed.

Mon, 2014-11-24 10:08

The Association of African Planning Schools welcomes a new chairman. The commitee election process for the nes AAPS Steering Committe was a long and democratic one that saw Prof Ngau being elected as chair. Prof Peter Ngau is an assosciate proffesor in the University of Nairobi and the drector of CURI. The other members of the steering committee are: Babatunde Agbola, Daniel Inkoom, Garth Klein, Mtafu Manda, Nigel Tapela, and Vanessa Watson.

Fri, 2014-11-21 11:34

The 2014 AAPS Conference ended yesterday November 19th, 2014 in Cape Town, South Africa. AAPS is a network of 51 university-based planning programmes in Anglophone, Lusiphone and Francophone Africa. For the first time the AAPS conference held every two years opened its doors to partners and key stakeholders in the built environment. In recent years AAPS has grown rapidly to became the new champions and torch for Africa’s future.

Fri, 2014-11-21 11:16

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Emali town is a small town that lies along the Northern Corridor, in both Makueni and Kajiado Counties. A larger commercial part of the town lies in Makueni County while the section in Kajiado County is predominantly for residential use. The Mombasa - Kampala Railway and now the Standard Gauge Railway act as town’s border of Kajiado and Makueni County.

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.