Garden City Mall_Solar

Nairobi’s Garden City Raises Bar On Environmental Design

Backed by private equity real estate investor, Actis Capital, Garden City is one of Kenya’s largest mixed use developments. Actis Capital is headquartered in London and focuses on investments in emerging markets in Africa, China, India, Latin America, and South East Asia.

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White Massing

Architects Need To Address The “Whole-Life Building Performance” Challenge

The rise in extreme weather events in many parts of the world, Increase in draught and flooding risks, Less stable ground conditions and dramatic shifts…

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St. Jerome’s Children’s Centre_Orkistudio

Orkistudio: Architecture As A Tool For Social Change And Empowerment

Orkidstudio is a small, simple firm that was started in 2008. What makes them stand out from millions of other firms worldwide is their approach to architecture: their focus is to benefit communities worldwide, and they operate with the sole belief that design and construction can be a powerful tool for affecting social change and empowerment.

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Green Building Tech

Green Star Building Technologies Framework

To boost use of natural elements and enhance the performance of a building green technologies should be adopted for any design. Performance is measurable through continued energy use reduction, water use reduction and improved health and well being of occupants.

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Editor

Of Green Designs and A New Season

Environmental consciousness can be regarded as a moral issue. A responsive design goes deep to the psyche of the designer and his/her collaborating team at large. It is a rigorous exercise designing and building a project that is intrinsically considerate to natural site conditions. Contrast that with the label-seeking designs that set sight on gaining commercial mileage and you have an evil twin to the environmentally sensitive school of thought.

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Toilet as Vanity Space

Toilet as Vanity Space

Mukuru slums islocated in the heart of Nairobi county with a population of about 500,000 people. Despite being in Nairobi County, there is no proper drainage and piped water systems reaching the schools.

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LRC-Cafeteria

LRC Cafeteria_Arch. Musau Kimeu

Of the three buildings, the Cafeteria is the only one which is not accessed using a flight of steps or sunken into the ground. Its entrance is at the same level with the square. The Cafeteria boasts of a high-ceiling double volume immediately after the entrance door with two spiralling chandeliers on its white ceiling. In front of the entrance is the servery and cashier counter whereas located on First floor and above the kitchen is a second servery, both interconnected by a dump waiter.

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LRC_Conference Hall

LRC Conference Hall_Arch. Musau Kimeu

The Conference Hall Originally envisaged to have a seating capacity of 600 persons, the conference hall currently seats 1200 people, 400 of whom sit in…

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LRC CUEA Library

LRC Library_Arch. Musau Kimeu

With a seating capacity of 3000 users and being the only building in the original brief, the Library building is the focal structure of the development, placed in-between the Conference Hall and the Cafeteria. It is inviting, with a totally glazed framed entrance shaded by a 8.4m high canopy projecting above the entrance floor level.

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Holistic Green Building Design

Holistic Green Building Design

Originally developed for the temperate climate of Europe and North America, the energy intensive glass cladded building continues to be exported indiscriminately around the world. From Brasilia to Dubai, central business districts are symbols of corporatism and extravagance. Even in Africa and the Middle East with their extremes of climate and Africa’s scarcity of resources, the model is unthinkably replicated. Thus it is encouraging to report on a new building in Nairobi that provides an alternative and inspiring paradigm for future projects.

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UoN_JKML Library

Green Building Design Strategies in the Tropics

It is true that architecture of the 21st Century is about environmental Design. Yet when you examine the major cities in Kenya today, there is…

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