Archinect - News2017-05-24T00:29:30-04:00http://archinect.com/news/article/150001368/making-cities-together-a-sustainable-urban-future-conference-to-be-held-in-kenya
"Making Cities Together," a sustainable urban future conference, to be held in Kenya Julia Ingalls2017-04-04T18:43:00-04:00>2017-04-04T18:43:19-04:00<img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/32/324zmhcca58f3act.jpg" width="640" height="480" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>What's the most efficient, ethical, and sustainable way to remake public spaces? If you're in Nariobi, Kenya this May 3-4th, you'll have the opportunity to answer that question by attending the "Making Cities Together - The City We Need through Safe, Inclusive and Accessible Public Spaces" conference as put on by The Urban Thinkers Campus in collaboration with Project for Public Spaces, UN-Habitat and Placemakers, KUWA - Urban Spaces by People, and Architects Without Borders. Keynote speakers include PK Das, Bulelwa Makalima-Ngewana and Michelle Provoost. Here are the full details, courtesy of the original press release:</p><p><em>The Urban Thinkers Campus (UTC) model is an initiative of UN-Habitat’s World Urban Campaign, conceived in 2014 as an open space for critical exchange, promoting sustainable urbanization across the globe. In order to implement the New Urban Agenda after Habitat III in Quito in 2016, the UTC 2.0 will be action-oriented by focusing on developing action plans and implem...</em></p>http://archinect.com/news/article/149944739/kenya-moves-to-shut-down-dadaab-the-world-s-biggest-refugee-camp
Kenya moves to shut down Dadaab, the world's biggest refugee camp Nicholas Korody2016-05-11T18:25:00-04:00>2016-05-11T18:25:05-04:00<img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/7f/7fmmrz5dhttpjuxu.jpg" width="650" height="542" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Kenya has vowed to close the world’s biggest refugee camp within a year and send hundreds of thousands of Somalis back to their war-torn homeland or on to other countries, a plan decried by aid and human rights groups as dangerous, illegal and impractical.
Kenya says it needs to close the sprawling Dadaab camp, home to 330,000 mostly Somali refugees, to protect the country’s security after a string of terror attacks by al-Shabaab.</p></em><br /><br /><p>With most of Europe and the Middle East grappling with an unprecedented refugee crisis, it's easy to lose sight of the millions of other displaced peoples around the world. But the largest population of refugees isn't in Germany, Sweden, or France.</p><p>Rather, with a population of 329,811 refugees, primarily Somali, the refugee camp complex in Dadaab, Kenya is the largest in the world. Now, the Kenyan government is moving to shut it down.</p><p>In related news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149942324/tensions-build-at-athen-s-port-of-piraeus-the-first-stop-for-many-refugees-seeking-asylum-in-europe" target="_blank">Tensions build at Athen's port of Piraeus, the first stop for many refugees seeking asylum in Europe</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146808835/sweden-plans-mass-expulsion-of-up-to-80-000-refugees" target="_blank">Sweden plans mass expulsion of up to 80,000 refugees</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124209727/un-refugee-agency-commissions-10k-ikea-designed-better-shelters" target="_blank">UN Refugee Agency Commissions 10k Ikea-designed Better Shelters</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107953878/what-does-the-syrian-refugee-crisis-mean-to-architecture" target="_blank">What Does the Syrian Refugee Crisis Mean to Architecture?</a></li></ul><p><em>This month Archinect is focusing on socially-aware projects as part of our special theme for May,<strong> <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/741197/may-help" target="_blank">Help</a>.</strong> </em><em>Have projects of your own that are oriented towards creating a more equitable and livable society? Submit to our <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149942369/open-call-for-submissions-help" target="_blank">open call </a></em><em>before Sunday, May 22.</em></p>http://archinect.com/news/article/149941431/experimenting-with-a-universal-basic-income-in-nairobi
Experimenting with a universal basic income in Nairobi Nicholas Korody2016-04-19T14:56:00-04:00>2016-05-04T22:58:07-04:00<img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/pp/ppm00sk71fyry6pl.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In the old days of policymaking by aphorism—give a man a fish, feed him for a day!—simply handing money to the poor was considered an obviously bad idea. How naïve—you can’t just give people money. They’ll stop trying! They’ll just get drunk! The underlying assumption was that the poor weren’t good at making decisions for themselves: Experts had to make the decisions for them.
As it turns out, that assumption was wrong.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"[...] GiveDirectly, has decided to try to permanently end extreme poverty across dozens of villages and thousands of people in Kenya by guaranteeing them an ongoing income high enough to meet their basic needs—a universal basic income, or basic income guarantee."</em></p><p>[Update: according to GiveDirectly, while their pilot project will likely be in East Africa, near their current projects, it will not be in Nairobi.]</p><p>For more on the growing conversation around universal basic incomes, check out past Archinect coverage:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149935222/architecture-after-capitalism-in-a-world-without-work" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture after capitalism, in a world without work</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149936359/how-much-a-dollar-costs-thom-mayne-s-hard-road-to-success-and-what-postcapitalism-and-a-world-without-work-could-mean-for-architecture-on-archinect-sessions-57" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"How Much a Dollar Costs": Thom Mayne's hard road to success and what "Postcapitalism and a World without Work" could mean for architecture, on Archinect Sessions #57</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130500481/utrecht-to-experiment-with-universal-unconditional-basic-income" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Utrecht to experiment with universal, unconditional "basic income"</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130196665/considering-the-future-of-work-at-the-2015-london-festival-of-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Considering the future of work at the 2015 London Festival of Architecture</a></li></ul>http://archinect.com/news/article/144431565/win-african-modernism-a-book-that-investigates-nation-building-in-five-african-countries
Win "African Modernism", a book that investigates nation building in five African countries Justine Testado2016-01-06T14:16:00-05:00>2016-01-27T18:45:39-05:00<img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/po/po2hh8p084x5f3b7.jpg" width="650" height="885" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Several African countries gained hard-fought independence from their colonizers during the 1950s and 1960s, and one way the countries expressed their new national identities was through architecture. The book <em>African Modernism</em> delves into this relationship between architecture and the complexities of nation building, particularly in Ghana, Senegal, Côte d'Ivoire, Kenya, and Zambia. </p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/l0/l09jffvv3uahuv9k.jpg"></p><p>Edited by architect <a href="http://manuelherz.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Manuel Herz</a> and published to accompany the Vitra Design Museum's <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/african_modernism_to_take_the_spotlight_at_vitra_design_museum_starting_feb" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Architecture of Independence" exhibition</a>, the hefty 640-page book features 103 buildings with brief description texts, images, site plans, floor plans, and sections, as well as significant photo contributions from Iwan Baan and Alexia Webster — who each documented the buildings in their current state. The book also features essays that focus on different aspects and topics regarding post-colonial Africa, which are illustrated with images and documents. If you're in Chicago, the Architecture of Independence exhibition wil...</p>http://archinect.com/news/article/138500362/mastering-behavioral-master-planning-inside-the-global-studio
Mastering behavioral master planning: inside The Global Studio Julia Ingalls2015-10-08T17:07:00-04:00>2015-10-23T23:04:54-04:00<img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/pv/pvoh2tpnuztj60hr.jpg" width="650" height="261" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>For his master's architecture thesis, Geoff Piper proposed reorganizing a Kenyan village with an estimated 70% HIV infection rate so that instead of being isolated in their post-colonial individual land plots, people would regularly cross paths. "There was a funeral every few days," Piper explains, "because for people living in these separate plots, it wasn't easy to grasp the extent of the [HIV] problem." By reorganizing the village to create more frequent public meetings, Piper hoped to raise awareness and stop the spread of the disease. A little over a decade later, Piper is now one of the six principal members of <a href="http://archinect.com/theglobalstudio" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Global Studio</a>, a collaborative design-build organization that teams with non-profits to master plan settlements around the world. The Global Studio's expertise isn't just technical: it's the rare and difficult art of working successfully with people, whether it's the particular culture of non-profits, tenant farmers, or savvy village teens.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/6x/6x1015xtj62e48km.jpg"></p><p>"We're willing and try ver...</p>http://archinect.com/news/article/131872214/selgascano-design-pavilion-for-africa-in-denmark
SelgasCano design pavilion for Africa in Denmark Alexander Walter2015-07-14T13:37:00-04:00>2016-02-11T11:08:46-05:00<img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/x8/x8hf4fecdg99vf38.jpg" width="650" height="350" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Hot young Spanish architects José Selgas and Lucía Cano of SelgasCano have designed a pop-up exhibition pavilion for the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art's latest exhibition, Africa: Architecture, Culture, Identity. Made of low-cost materials, such as scaffold poles and plastic sheets, which the architects have jazzed up inspired by traditional sub-Saharan settlements, the pavilion is due to travel to Kenya. The show in leafy Humlebaek near Copenhagen closes at the end of September.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/54077942/selgascano" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SelgasCano</a>'s airy, bright and colorful pavilions are a sought-after commodity this summer: less than a month ago, the practice <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130175687/selgascano-s-psychedelic-chrysalis-serpentine-pavilion-is-now-open" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">unveiled its completed design</a> for the 2015 <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/14325/serpentine-pavilion" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Serpentine Pavilion</a> in London.</p><p>To learn more about the <em>Africa: Architecture, Culture, Identity</em> exhibition, click <a href="http://en.louisiana.dk/exhibition/africa" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p>http://archinect.com/news/article/14761283/kenya-loses-sh1-4-billion-15-5m-on-collapsed-buildings
Kenya loses Sh1.4 billion ($15.5m) on collapsed buildings Archinect2011-07-26T19:12:43-04:00>2011-07-26T19:14:31-04:00<img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/a3/a30b3545299777ab442ca7eb23efe47a.jpg" width="595" height="300" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Chairman Gideon Mulyungi said 24 buildings have collapsed in the country since 1996. “Forty-one lives have been lost and 47 people injured over the same period,” Mr Mulyungi said in an interview.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd">