First Architects’ Symposium in Africa opens at JKUAT

The government will improve open spaces in the cities as strong bases for branding and identity creation geared towards making the cities globally competitive and attractive for business, conferencing and leisure.

In this regard, during the 23rd session of the Governing Council of UN Habitat early in the year, the Kenyan government sponsored a successful resolution on ‘Sustainable urban development through access to quality urban public spaces.

Mr Njeru Githae, the Minister for Nairobi Metropolitan Development, while speaking Tuesday, October 4, 2011 at the Safari Park Hotel during a welcoming dinner of the 2011 International Federation of Architects (IFLA) Africa Symposium, said the citizenry was called upon to appreciate that the planning process has an important role in raising environmental concerns at an early stage.
Vice Chancellor, Prof Mabel Imbuga described the symposium as a milestone in the University’s endeavour to endear herself to the global agenda in the built industry and landscape architecture that has become an important academic discipline in developing countries like Kenya where planning for shelter largely remains a backwater affair.

The symposium has attracted over 150 participants from different countries and over 20 papers are to be presented.

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