The Association is planning to host its Annual Convention 2014, the premier event in the AAK annual calendar. The Convention targets to bring together more than 250 professionals and students in the construction industry; including Architects, Quantity Surveyor, Engineers, Town Planners, Landscape Architects, Environmental Design Consultants & Construction Project Managers. This year’s convention is dubbed ‘Mobility Networks – Whither Kenya?’
Mobility is a key factor in social and economic development. Effective transport infrastructure and operations are essential in ensuring the smooth running of manufacturing processes, freight transport and trade. Mobility provides people with access to markets, employment, education and health care, and plays a significant role in reducing poverty, especially in emerging economies and developing countries. The development of rural regions in particular is still hampered by poor infrastructure and insufficient mobility. The Convention theme has been developed into the following sub-themes, from which a range of stimulating topics will be discussed:
Technology, Innovation and Connectivity: Movement and communication in contemporary society has become increasingly complex. Demand is more diverse and the infrastructure, both hardware and institutional software, is also in a state of flux. Integration, privatisation, deregulation and pricing are all affecting our understanding of and our capacity to plan for these dynamic transport and mobility markets. Sensitive analyses and radical solutions are the order of the day.
Economics & Investment: People and goods flow over networks at certain speeds. Demands peak. The networks themselves may or may not be competitive. A single trip (the final good, in the consumer's eyes) may require the bundling of services provided by several firms, agencies and modes.
Population and Land Use: Rapid regional growth and urbanisation require effective spatial planning policies, infrastructure support and social policies in order to accommodate this growth in a balanced and sustainable manner. In order to grasp the opportunities and overcome the challenges related to regional and urban development, sound policy preparation is required.
Infrastructure: Movement and communication in contemporary society has become increasingly complex. Demand is more diverse and the infrastructure, both hardware and institutional software is also in a state of flux. Integration, privatization, deregulation and pricing are all affecting our understanding of and our capacity to plan for these dynamic transport and mobility markets. Sensitive analyses and radical solutions are required.
Energy & Environment: Natural resource and energy use management are key components of any mobility network. An integrated approach comprising economic, institutional and technical perspectives is vital.