RE-ENVISIONING ANTISPACES ADJACENT AND UNDER OVERPASSES. The Case of Globe Cinema Overpass Nairobi

BACKGROUND-INTRODUCTION

 

Nairobi’s growth has been of a piecemeal type from a decade or two since the gaining of independence, but ever since the 21st century clocked in, a different tangent has evidentially taken prevalence. Nairobi being the 4th largest city in Africa with a population of slightly over 2 million people according to the 2009 national census, has made major changes in its infrastructural fabric with more to come.

In the recent past the city of Nairobi has undertaken major strides in the arena of urban development primarily due to political goodwill and a forward looking governance regime. These saw the unveiling of the nation’s visionary manifesto, the Kenya vision 2030 on the 10th of June 2008 by the former president Hon. Mwai Kibaki. The Vision’s ambition was to Masterplan a revolutionary economic recovery strategy that would see Kenyans at large enjoy the benefits of an industrialized, middle income country with high quality life by the year 2030. This was achieved through expert identification of Key sectors with a promising potential of propelling the economy till 2030.

The number of Flagship projects has been overwhelming ranging from whole urban master plans (Konza City) to roads and agricultural programs all across the country. The bulk of these projects are however located in or near urban areas and thus have a tremendous impact on human experiences of the City

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