Urban ARK 17: Risk Beyond the Red Line. Urban Risk and Large-Scale Infrastructure Projects in Kenya
Cities are at the centre stage of Africa’s pathway to prosperity, with the majority of its population expected to be living in urban areas within the next decade. The infrastructure gap to accommodate this demographic shift and the economic opportunity it affords is creating a plethora of large-scale projects, mainly in transport infrastructure and real estate development. In the absence of appropriate governance and regulation, the urban environment is being shaped by these projects individually, rather than by planning processes that recognise the city as a system. ~The potential risks posed by piecemeal development and uncoordinated growth to both local communities, and the city overall are being overlooked and need to be addressed, as research findings from Nairobi, Kenya demonstrate.