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October 17 2014

Urban Drainage Poses A Major Development Risk in Nairobi, Kenya

October 17th, 2014Posted by 

The City of Nairobi, Kenya lies at the border of the central highlands and the flat dry plains, composing an exceptionally interesting subtropical highland climate. This translates to two rainy seasons with an average annual high temperature of 280C and a low of 150C. The southern sloping terrain enables a natural drainage flow that settles in the […]

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September 29 2014

Time for Nairobi, Kenya to Manage its Urban Freight or Face Transportation Woes

September 29th, 2014Posted by 

Population growth in cities comes with a increased demand for goods. These goods need to be transported to get to their consumers. The movement of these goods within the city is what we may call urban freight. The developing world has put little consideration into the management of urban freight within its urban planning frameworks. Most cities […]

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September 17 2014

Green Buildings Sprouting Up in Nairobi, Kenya

September 17th, 2014Posted by 

Green buildings are at times defined as buildings that are “not as bad” or “notably better” than the average with regard to impact on the environment. More technically,  a green building is one whose construction and lifetime of operation assure the healthiest possible environment while representing the most efficient and least disruptive use of land, […]

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August 01 2014

Nairobi, Kenya’s 1973 Master Plan Receives an Update

August 1st, 2014Posted by 

Urban planners from the County Government of Nairobi and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) have produced a new Master plan called Nairobi Integrated Urban Development Master Plan (NIUPLAN). This is expected to guide the growth and development of the City for the next 15 years. It is the first major plan since the Nairobi Metropolitan Growth Strategy […]

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June 30 2014

The Development and Use of Nairobi’s Urban Commuter Rail

June 30th, 2014Posted by 

One of the most interesting recent developments in Kenya is the budgetary allocation by the Kenyan Government for an urban commuter railway. This came under the drive to improve productivity and competitiveness through investment in modern transport and logistic networks. A few weeks prior to this, the Governor of Nairobi launched the Nairobi Integrated Master Plan […]

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June 20 2014

Persons with Disabilities Largely Ignored in African Cities

June 20th, 2014Posted by 

Recent up-market building construction in the City of Nairobi has made a big effort to accommodate persons with disability, the sick and the elderly. Ramps for those who may have a problem using stairs, braille buttons, vocal instructions in lifts for the visually impaired, and even special washrooms for these vulnerable groups are some of […]

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June 06 2014

Is There Any Solution to Nairobi’s Parking Nightmare?

June 6th, 2014Posted by 

“Drivers in New Delhi, Bangalore, Nairobi and Milan argue most over parking spaces [and] more than half of the drivers get frustrated and end up giving up on looking for parking space,” according to IBMs global survey on parking space in major cities. Many have stated that Nairobi, in particular the Central Business District, does not […]

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May 23 2014

The Emerging Motorcycle Taxi Sector of Nairobi, Kenya

May 23rd, 2014Posted by 

When we think of mobility as a public good, we need to ensure that people can access different parts of the city in a flexible manner. There are several means that can be used for this from bicycles and cars to walking and public transportation. The phenomenon of motorcycle taxis has become popular around the world recently. However, many urban planners, authorities […]

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May 09 2014

What Direction has Nairobi’s Densification Taken?

May 9th, 2014Posted by 

The City of Nairobi has witnessed a gradual transformation over the last decade. This is the change from what were single unit houses to high-rise buildings, of several stories, like office blocks and multi-story apartments. The increasing urban population has created an increased demand for housing and office space. This has put pressure on the […]

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April 25 2014

1,500 Tons of Waste Goes Uncollected in Nairobi, Kenya Each Day

April 25th, 2014Posted by 

One of the first pledges made by the first Governor of Nairobi upon assuming office was that of cleaning up the city. Years of neglecting solid waste management had seen the city cease from being a “green city in the sun.” Increased urban growth, poor urban planning and years of mismanagement by the now defunct […]

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April 11 2014

Double Decker Highway: Good or Bad for Nairobi?

April 11th, 2014Posted by 

It is not news that there is a planned double decker highway for the City of Nairobi. Many people see the project as progressive and a potential solution to the traffic congestion problems. Only a few are asking whether it is really a long-term solution to our traffic menace and whether there are other more […]

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March 28 2014

The Risky Affair of Cycling in Nairobi, Kenya

March 28th, 2014Posted by 

2013 Tour de France winner Chris Froome first started cycling as a boy in Kenya. Cycling is an equitable and low-cost form of mobility, although it can be a dangerous activity in cities like Nairobi. Many cities around the world have long recognized the importance of cycling as a way of mobility.  The City of […]

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March 14 2014

“Hatches, Matches, and Dispatches” Building of Kenya Continues to Stand

March 14th, 2014Posted by 

A city may start as a few shops, a road junction or even a railway station. The City of Nairobi is no exception. Starting as a railway headquarters in a swampy area, it has grown to a huge cosmopolitan concrete jungle. The historical growth and initial urban design of the city can be appreciated through […]

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February 28 2014

Nairobi’s Informal Urban Markets Threatened

February 28th, 2014Posted by 

The marketplace is important for any society. People buy goods they need and traders earn their daily bread. The City of Nairobi has recently seen development of large shopping malls. Targeting the upper and middle classes, they have classy restaurants, large supermarkets and secure parking. The recent increase in road and highway construction, together with […]

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February 14 2014

How Walkable is Nairobi’s Central Business District?

February 14th, 2014Posted by 

Are you comfortable walking in your city? After parking your car or getting off a bus, do you agonize at the fact that you must take a walk through crowded streets to your destination? ‘Walkability’ is not discussed frequently in African cities. However, the ever rising urban population and increased human traffic is raising questions […]

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January 31 2014

Outdoor Advertising: A Right or Privilege in Nairobi?

January 31st, 2014Posted by 

The Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC) is one of the most iconic buildings in Nairobi and literally defines the capital city’s skyline. Completed in 1973, it is a stunning 105-meter mega structure of twenty-eight floors. It has a helipad on its roof and a revolving restaurant on the top floor. Its unique shape and towering […]

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January 17 2014

Nairobi’s Failure to Protect Pedestrians

January 17th, 2014Posted by 

Taking a walk in the tropics is not an easy task. The skies are clear, sun is burning and temperatures are high. This is even harder in urban centres that experience slightly higher temperatures due to buildings, asphalt, and industrial activities; better known as the ‘urban heat island effect.’ Walking, however, remains a very popular […]

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January 03 2014

Will Nairobi Maintain its Status as the “Green City in the Sun?”

January 3rd, 2014Posted by 

There is something distinctly noticeable when you look at a map of Nairobi. The southern line of the metropolitan area is bordered by a national park, while the southern line of the Central Business District is bordered by an urban park, golf course, and an array of sports grounds. Nairobi, Kenya is known as the […]

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December 20 2013

The “Man-Eat-Man” Mentality of Nairobi Roads

December 20th, 2013Posted by 

The traffic lights go red, and drivers continue to drive. Only a near collision with another vehicle will make someone stop. The Nairobi road culture is interesting, a culture where red may mean go and green may mean stop. Even with the new digital traffic lights that synchronize and indicate time, drivers will try to […]

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December 06 2013

Who is to Blame for Nairobi’s Water Shortages?

December 6th, 2013Posted by 

Do all people have access to the water they need? The City of Nairobi draft master plan of 2013 acknowledges shortage of water supply and lack of sufficient infrastructure for water provision as a major problem. Nairobi’s water comes from Sasumua Dam, Thika Dam, Ruiru Dam and Kikuyu Springs, all located outside the city. Ground […]

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