KISUMU RAILWAYS STATION - BACKGROUND INFORMATION

Cities identity is predicated on amalgamation of different
streams; a key element of which is iconic architecture. The
fundamental role that iconic city plays in defining a cities
identity cannot be understated as evidenced by John Urtzons
Sydney Opera house and Gustaves Eiffel tower in Paris.

Kisumu City forms part of the Western Tourism Circuit and
offers so much more in terms of activities to do, what to see
and places to visit. It forms the forgotten areas of Kenya with
great geographic,cultural and natural diversity, offering tourists
just as much, if not more,than many of Kenya’s better known
tourist areas.
Most travelers dream of finding a new and unknown
destination, somewhere far from the beaten tourist path, where
the thrill of real discovery and exploration reward the visitor
with new and unexpected experiences, sights and sounds

Kisumu has over the years grown in size from the traditional
old town settlements to the New town of modern glass, tall
structures.Though change is inevitable and must be accepted
there is need to hold on to our roots. Tradition is part of our
identity but the modern ways also form part of that culture. The
design for an icon for the region is envision as an architectural
identity piece that encompasses modernism with fusion of
traditional intricacies to provide a grounded block that is
regional and sustainable, sensitive to the town’s special
environment.

Kisumu is a port city in Kisumu County,Kenya , It is the third
largest city in Kenya. Second most important city after Kampala
in the greater Lake Victoria basin.Kisumu was identified by the
British explorers in early 1898 as an alternative railway terminus
and port for the Uganda railway.

The city's growth and prosperity slowed down temporarily in
1977, as a result of the collapse of the East African Community .
However, the city spurred with the reformation of the community
in 1996 and with its designation as a "city." The port has been
stimulated by the transformation of international business and
trade, as well as the shipments of goods destined for Uganda,
Tanzania , Burundi , Rwanda and Democratic Republic of
Congo.

Currently, Kisumu is one of the fastest growing cities in Kenya . It
is thriving with rich sugar and rice irrigation industries, whose
contribution to the National economy is immense due to its
natural resources and as the epicentre for business in East Africa

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