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The Ecology Of Kenyan Municipal Centers: A Case Study Of Nairobi

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/ECO010131

Volume

46

Pages

10

Published

2001

Size

1,214 kb

Copyright

WIT Press

Author(s)

S.I. Umenne

Abstract

The ecology of Kenyan municipal centers: a case study of Nairobi Sampson Ik Umenne Department of Architecture, National University of Science and Technology, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. Abstract In any forum to debate sustainable human settlement development, ecology features as one of the prime environmental issues. Contemporary ecological statements on the delicate equilibrium between human and biophysical environments signify a great threat to the latter, which constitute a life support ecosystem for the former. Viewed globally, the problem is in the inadequate adaptation of human societies to their surroundings as they chart their course of development. The uniqueness of Kenyan urban ecological landscape is amongst others, as a result of the 'dualism of abodes' phenomenon as well as the contradictions of an uncontrolled urbanization process. This paper evaluates how unsustainable the urban development programs of Nairobi are. Attempts are made to explain the apparent apathy

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