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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

On 11th March 2015, partners in the ‘Making Cities Together’ project i.e. Placemakers, New Town Institute & IFHP launched a place making research project in collaboration with the University of Nairobi. The research objective is to gain an in-depth understanding of public life and public space in Nairobi; how Nairobians use and experience public spaces and what physical aspects define the places.

Thu, 2015-04-02 17:25

The Centre for Urban Research and Innovation is initiating a partnership with the county Government of Lamu to help it understand and tackle development issues in the county.  Lamu County is a buzz for development as the county has been earmarked for large national projects in addition to county level project. The University of Nairobi hopes to work with the county in various sectors so as to fast track development in well calculated and thought out programs.

Mon, 2015-03-16 15:55
The Centre for Urban Research and Innovation visited Tchundwa Primary School, Lamu County on 13th March 2015. CURI toured the school and had a meeting with the deputy headmaster to discuss matters pertaining to the school’s performance and their needs. It was highlighted that as much as the school’s performance has improved over the past year the school is short of material and equipment and is also in need of rehabilitation. The Centre’s members then got an opportunity to interact with the Class 7 Pupils of Tchundwa Primary School. Members gave motivational speeches to guide the pupils on what they will need to do in order to be high achievers
Fri, 2015-03-13 00:00

Computer aided design and geographic analysis have earned their place in modern architecture, planning and engineering. These specialized technologies, enable professionals to communicate better through simulations and visualizations of their works and ideas. Computer-aided design (CAD) is the use of computer technology for the design of objects, real or virtual. CAD often involves more than just shapes. As in the manual drafting of technical and engineering drawings, the output of CAD often must convey also symbolic information such as materials, processes, dimensions, and tolerances, according to application-specific conventions. In fact, most CAD users are focused on: productive editing tools, visual clarity, symbology and dimensions.

Tue, 2015-02-24 17:33

The Centre will part of a team hosting a breakfast meeting on the 5th of February at the Boma Inn from 7am to 11 am. With funding from the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), CURI conducted a joint study on the Mukuru settlement to reveal the links between slums, insecure land tenure, minimal service delivery, and usually informal, unjust governance institutions. The title name of the project was Improving Access to Justice and Basic Services in the Informal Settlements of Nairobi

Thu, 2015-01-29 15:22

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.

Mon, 2015-01-19 14:41

In Kenya's fast growing cities there is a paradox of too many houses - Out of reach of the majority of the population. Recent statistics for Kenya show that income is heavily skewed in favour of the rich and against the poor. The country’s top 10% households control 42% of the total income while the bottom 10% control less than 1%. This means that for every shilling earned by the poorest 10% households, the richest 10% earn about Kshs 56. It is notable that the 8th, 9th and 10th population groups account for over 70% of the income. In Nairobi, theproportions for the lower, the middle and the upper income groups were 72.12%, 24.12%, and 3.76% respectively.

Mon, 2015-01-19 14:32

It is my great pleasure to welcome you to the University of Nairobi and most importantly to this function to witness my installation as the 7th Vice-Chancellor of this august Institution. This is a momentous occasion for this University as we usher in a new era in governance and leadership. It also accords us the opportunity to commend the outgoing Vice-Chancellor for his outstanding stewardship of this University over the last 10 years.

Wed, 2015-01-14 15:32

It is history in the making for the University of Nairobi, the inauguration of the new Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Peter Mbithi is underway. The inauguration event is taking place today, Wednesday, January, 14, 2015 at Taifa Hall.

Wed, 2015-01-14 10:01

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