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Aerial Cable Cars as Urban Transport

While often thought of as only for tourists in mountain areas, aerial cable cars have proven to be effective in providing transportation in urban areas, such as across rivers in New York City and freeways in Portland.

December 8, 2023 - World Transport Policy and Practice

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Breaking the Bias on Public Transport

How gender-sensitive data collection can make public transit safer for women.

October 20, 2022 - Louise Ribet

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Urban Development in African Cities

Rising populations and political challenges complicate the future development of Africa's major metropolitan centers.

November 30, 2021 - The Washington Post

Mapping Slums to Shape Them

A mapping effort led by a group of cartographers called the Spatial Collective is helping to make visible what it's like to live in the Nairobi slum of Mathare. By giving form to the informal settlement, its problems are being made evident.

July 17, 2013 - NPR

Temporary Camps Become Permanent Cities for Refugees

Published to coincide with World Refugee Day, Smithsonian has assembled an interactive map of the 50 largest refugee camps in the world. Many of the camps, which together house 1.9 million people, are comparable in size to medium-sized U.S. cities.

June 21, 2013 - Smithsonian

Can a Long Shot Lawsuit End Nairobi's Forced Evictions

Forty residents of Nairobi's Mukuru slum have petitioned "some of Kenya's most powerful individuals, companies and banks, demanding rights to the land they live on and an end to forced evictions." They've already succeeded in halting some evictions.

September 27, 2012 - The Independent

I.B.M. Invests in Future of Africa's Cities

Steve Lohr reports on the new I.B.M. research lab in Kenya, which will work to tailor technological solutions to the prominent issues in Africa's major cities.

August 16, 2012 - The New York Times

Kibera Clearance Gets the Green Light

Nate Berg reports on a Kenyan High Court decision that allows the government to proceed with "slum upgrading and road construction projects" in one of the largest informal settlements in the world, by tossing out ownership claims made by residents

May 30, 2012 - The Atlantic Cities

Africa's Urban Harvest

Faced with climate change and poverty, Africans are focusing on a new farming frontier: the cities.

November 28, 2011 - OnEarth

China's Superhighway on Kenyan Soil

Three Chinese companies are building a 31-mile highway to the Kenyan capital of Nairobi. It's a move locals see as an effort to gain favor with the Kenyan government.

June 23, 2011 - NPR

A Prefab Prototype for Kenyan Villages

A Kansas City design team hopes its model for a prefabricated village can bring "simple, high-quality vernacular architecture" to the country's rural communities.

December 21, 2010 - The Architect's Newspaper

Meeting Slum Sanitation Needs Sustainably

With a collective population of more than 10 million, Kenya's slums face major sanitation issues. A new project offers a sustainable solution.

November 30, 2010 - Gizmag

Mapping Kenya's Largest Slum

A new project has created a digital map of Kibera, a large slum outside Nairobi, Kenya.

August 1, 2010 - Design Observer

Kenyan High-Speed Rail On Track

Kenya's national railway operator is planning a high speed rail line to transport freight and passengers and could pose a challenge to the South African consortium that currently runs rail services between Kenya and Uganda.

September 12, 2009 - Business Daily

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