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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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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 adverts counties across the country have moved to recruit professional staff to their governments, setting the stage for devolution takeoff. A few counties have presented fairly comprehensive staffing structure while others have presented somewhat partial and rather disjointed profiles.

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.