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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


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Service provision in majority of Kenya’s informal settlements is predominantly controlled by Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO’s) and cartels. This phenomenon is prompted by government’s reluctance to provide services in informal settlements owing to their informal nature.

Land tenure is among the key elements that define slum settlements. The lack of tenure security limits both private and public investments in settlements translating to slum conditions. The form of land tenure also has implications on which settlements get upgraded whether by government, communities or other partners.

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: