#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

Dar: BRT+COE Workshop brings out hidden stories

Bus Rapid Transit (BRT+ CoE) is a Centre of Excellence for Bus Rapid Transit Studies implemented in Santiago, Chile, and financed by the Volvo Research and Educational Foundations (VREF). The main goal of this Centre of Excellence is to develop a new framework for planning, design, financing, implementation and operation of BRT in different urban … Continue reading Dar: BRT+COE Workshop brings out hidden stories

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