#TheNairobiWeWant: 6 Things we Hate about Matatu’s

 1. ‘Wawili beba waraka’ When you hear those words, which roughly translates to ‘two more people and we are off,’ don’t assume that the matatu requires two people to fill up. It probably requires three or four more people, and in some cases, it may have two ‘pigaseti’ (people who sit inside the vehicle to give the … Continue reading #TheNairobiWeWant: 6 Things we Hate about Matatu’s

How Better Infrastructure Helps Build Safer Communities in Nairobi’s Informal Settlements

Kayole-Soweto, an informal settlement on the eastern periphery of Nairobi, is home to approximately 90,000 residents. And during a recent discussion I had with the Settlement Executive Committee (SEC) there, a female representative told me about her community and home: “This place has changed so much that we need a new name! Our community is … Continue reading How Better Infrastructure Helps Build Safer Communities in Nairobi’s Informal Settlements

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Implementing the New Urban Agenda Through Placemaking: From Nairobi to Amsterdam

By Project for Public Spaces on Sep 15, 2017 The case for placemaking in the Global South is clear: as a platform for economic development, safety, cultural expression, and social inclusion. As evidenced at the Making Cities Together Conference in Nairobi in May, placemaking has reached global relevance as a platform for achieving broad-sweeping development goals. Global-scale … Continue reading Implementing the New Urban Agenda Through Placemaking: From Nairobi to Amsterdam

Making Cities Together – The City We Need through Safe, Inclusive and Accessible Public Spaces

Between the 3rd and 4th of May 2017 the Urban Thinkers Campus “MAKING CITIES TOGETHER: The City We Need, through Safe, Inclusive and Accessible Public Spaces” will be held in at the United Nations Office in Nairobi, Kenya. The conference is initiated by the International New Town Institute, Project for Public Spaces (PPS), UN-Habitat and Placemakers … Continue reading Making Cities Together – The City We Need through Safe, Inclusive and Accessible Public Spaces

Children’s needs ignored in Nairobi’s physical planning

City planners and citizens take care of the young by creating comfortable, engaging public spaces, playgrounds and parks. By JACKIE KLOPP in Daily Nation Wednesday, April 6, 2016 Children are a kind of indicator species. If we can build a successful city for children, we will have a successful city for all people. - Enrique Penalosa … Continue reading Children’s needs ignored in Nairobi’s physical planning