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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 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

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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.