UN-Habitat: International design collaboration for Kenya

Deadline: 1 February 2016 - 12:00am

Website: http://uni.unhabitat.org/global-collaborative-design-competition/

UN-Habitat in collaboration with Ministry of Land, Housing & Urban Development: Urban Development Department, Kenya, is looking for creative planning and design ideas for sustainable urban development in Kenya. Students from around the world are invited to participate in a student design competition for Kenya’s towns.

Kenya’s urban areas are undergoing dramatic population growth. UN Population Division projects that by 2050, the country’s urban population will increase from the current 12 million to approximated 43 million, close to 50% of the country’s total population. A significant share of this growth will be recorded in secondary and intermediate cities. This transition presents an equal share of challenges and opportunities to urban planning and development in Kenya.

During 2012-2015, UN-Habitat has provided “Support to Sustainable Urban Development in Kenya” through various projects; key among them is support to the Kenya Municipal Program (KMP) which entails the formulation of Integrated Strategic Urban Development Plans (ISUDPs) and Digital Topographical Mapping for select urban centers in Kenya. KMP is financed by the World Bank and executed by the Ministry of Land, Housing and Urban Development (MLHUD) through the Urban Development Department (UDD).

During the last quarter of 2015, the formulation of nine draft ISUDPs will be completed for Mombasa, Nakuru, Naivasha, Nyeri, Machakos, Thika, Embu, Kitui and Malindi towns. The main outputs of each ISUDP will be: a structure plan; land-use plan; sectoral plans (e.g. infrastructure such as water and sanitation, transportation, etc. and environment management plans); select detailed action area plans; and capital investment plans. The Digital Topographical Mapping will result in a set of topographical maps for town, thematic maps; Geographic Information System (GIS) database, including cadaster.

So far, UN-Habitat’s support to KMP has mainly focused on capacity development and technical advisory services in the Planning Departments of the county governments where the above planning processes are taking place. The support was expanded to include Kenya’s planning schools by advancing their training.

It is upon this extended support to the planning schools that UN-Habitat, in collaboration with the Urban Development Department (UDD) invites students from all over the world to an urban planning and design competition to complement the completion of the planning processes of the nine towns. Detailed planning and design will be a major component of implementing these urban plans. This implies that the county governments, upon approval of the ISUDPs, will embark on undertaking detailed planning for specifc sites.
The design competition is expected to run between January 2016 and May 2016. UN-Habitat and UDD will consider exhibiting a select number of the design proposals in Nairobi, Kenya in April, 2016, and during the Habitat III Conference in Quito, Ecuador from 17 – 20, October 2016.

Habitat III is the Third United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development . The Habitat III focus is to reinvigorate the global commitment to sustainable urbanization, to focus on the implementation of a New Urban Agenda, and building on the 1996 Habitat II Agenda. The New Urban Agenda will be approved during Habitat III in Quito, which aligns with the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in October, 2015. Sustainable Development Goal No.11 recognizes the critical role – socially, economically and environmentally – that cities play in Sustainable Urban Development. Thus it states that by 2030, we should seek to “make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable”, at all levels and across the continuum of human settlements.

Full details at UN-HABITAT website.


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