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CURI has continued to be engaged in the Mukuru SPA planning process funded by International Development Research Centre (IDRC) alongside partners Slum Dwellers International (SDI and SPARC), Akiba Mashinani Trust, University of California Berkley and County Government of Nairobi. This team, Housing, Commerce and Infrastructure constitute one of the 8 consortia previously formulated to take part in the planning of Mukuru.

Tue, 2018-07-03 13:15

From late 2017, everyone was concerned about the drought ravaging the country. The issue ricocheted in the media, public forums, and political agendas. Farms yielded no crops, pastoralists and livestock farmers lost herds of livestock, rivers ran dry and people died of hunger and thirst.

Tue, 2018-06-12 16:47

The Centre for Urban Research and Innovations (CURI) was represented at the Mukuru SPA workshop in Mombasa on the 4th-6th of July 2017. The workshop was held after the preparation of the inception report triggered by the declaration of a special planning area in three informal settlements in Mukuru, Nairobi.

Mon, 2017-11-13 14:16

After successful completion of first phase of collaborative engagement in generating baseline data, analysis and validation, the studio embarked in to subsequent phase.

Thu, 2017-06-29 09:23

The theme of the CURI 2015 Annual Report is Towards a Urban New Agenda, in acknowledgement of the adoption of the new 2030 agenda for Sustainable Development, and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. The SDG’s provide much to reflect on, and to the Centre, they have provided an avenue to re-direct our focus towards sustainability, in our bid to be a Centre of excellence in promoting urban research, innovations and effective planning in Africa and beyond.

Tue, 2017-05-09 11:41

The Centre for Urban Research and Innovations (CURI) and its partners namely Akiba Mashinani Trust (AMT), Slum Dwellers International (SDI), the Federation for Urban Poor (Muungano wa Wanavijiji) and University of California, Berkeley, have in the last 7 years been focused on research and collaborative action aimed at promoting sustainable urban development.

Tue, 2017-04-04 14:42

The month of September, 2016 saw the Centre engage with the residents of Kiandutu and Mukuru Viwandani informal settlements in Phase II of the IDRC sponsored project dubbed “Unlocking the Poverty Penalty, and Upscaling the Respect for Rights in Informal Settlements”.

Wed, 2017-02-22 17:03

The Centre for Urban Research and Innovations in collaboration with the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Nairobi and Makueni County Government have embarked on a learning experience of an Urban Studio in Makueni’s commercial hub of Emali. The studio is the first of it kind in Makueni County and its collaborative in nature therefore allowing for information sharing and learning exchange between the Univerity of Nairobi and Makueni County.

Sat, 2016-11-12 20:40

In an urban context, such as is the city of Nairobi, living spaces are designed to perform the function as areas of relaxation, comfort, safety and security from natural and man-made urban hazards that endanger physical, social, psychological and emotional wellbeing of people. Cases of collapsed residential buildings in the city of Nairobi have undermined the safety and security functions of residential buildings, where most urban residential buildings have been declared potential scenes of building collapse disasters, instead of living spaces that preserve human lives and offer safety to urban residents.

Mon, 2016-08-22 18:57

Community spaces play vital roles in enhancing community cohesion, promoting public health and biodiversity, addressing climate change, as well as enhancing the value and appeal of the built environment.

Wed, 2016-08-17 13:10

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