Urban Themes

[ News ] Posted on Thursday, September 8, 2011 - 10:11
  While these cities may guarantee Kenya's economic growth, critics argue that such ambitious developments are schemes to shut out the poor. Are we jumping the gun? HAROLD AYODO explores the planners’ megalomania The new wave of ambitious cities is set to revolutionise real estate and put Kenya on the path to achieving the Vision 2030. Mega cities are mixed use communities that have a heavy... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, September 8, 2011 - 09:18
If we are to improve the quality of life in our cities--27 of which are expected to have more than 10 million people by 2020--we will have to find a better way to build them. MIT's new software will help. Most of the world lives in cities. That number, now at about 3.3 billion people, will keep going up. During the next five years, urban populations are expected to soar well beyond half the world... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, September 7, 2011 - 18:34
If you own a building or are planning to construct one, then you had better pay attention to Mr Kaburu Mwirichia, the director-general of the Kenya's Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC). The ERC has been exploring ways of helping Kenyans spend less on power bills, and the only solution it sees on the horizon is solar power. “Major power consumers will soon be required to use solar for water... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, September 7, 2011 - 15:34
Delta Airlines is expected to resume talk with Kenya on introducing a direct flight from Nairobi to the United States. Tourism minister Najib Balala said on Tuesday, the United States Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood will arrive in Nairobi on September 30 to spearhead the talks. “The government will be hosting him at the end of this month and we are upbeat that this will be the final... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, September 7, 2011 - 12:13
Tullow Oil, the company that successfully prospected for oil in Uganda, will arrive in Turkana County this month to begin exploration, raising hope that Kenya could soon strike the much sought after commodity. According to accounts from sources in government, the possibility of finding commercially viable oil is high in the region that has remained largely unexplored. Energy permanent secretary... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, September 7, 2011 - 12:03
Leading telecommunications infrastructure provider, Kenya Data Networks (KDN) has announced the completion of their state - of - the art Data Centre to be used for hosting data and software applications. The data Centre, which is now ready for occupation, is a unique facility offering reliability and convenience for corporate clients and financial institutions looking for international standards... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, September 7, 2011 - 10:37
  Toronto’s executive committee moved to seize control of redevelopment plans for the Port Lands, as Mayor Rob Ford lauded an “amazing” new blueprint for 400 hectares of underused waterfront real estate. The flashy “high-level vision” unveiled by consultants hired by the Toronto Port Lands Company (TPLC) includes some of the ideas promoted last week by the Mayor’s brother, Councillor Doug Ford,... Read more
[ Opportunities ] Posted on Wednesday, September 7, 2011 - 10:31
The theme of World Habitat Day 2011 is Cities and Climate Change. Share your thoughts on your city and climate change by sending us a video or photo. This campaign gives you an opportunity to answer the following critical questions on your city and climate change:  • How is my city contributing to climate change? • How is climate change affecting my city? • How can I help my city stop climate... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, September 7, 2011 - 10:06
The Nairobi Stock Exchange (NSE) Investment Challenge is an online simulation of live trading at the Nairobi Stock Exchange. Each participating team gets Kshs 2 million virtual startup capital to trade with using the NSE real time prices for a period of 3 months. The team with the highest portfolio value at the end of the challenge is crowned the winner. Participants are drawn from Public &... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, September 6, 2011 - 12:47
Eleven federal agencies have formed the Urban Waters Federal Partnership to help restore and protect waterways in U.S. cities. The partnership will increase coordination of waterways programs and assist with waterway protection and revitalization efforts in urban communities. Cities that have already incorporated waterways into river walks, waterfronts, bike paths, parks, and public spaces often... Read more