Circulation arteries are more than just lines of potential movement; they are
also stages of observation, and present opportunities and challenges diverse of
social and economic nature. Failure for example to introduce compatible
developments through planning often leads to overwhelmed physical
infrastructure & the thriving of informality; subjects whose costs are
significant in terms of most human, social, economic, and environmental
The main objective of this study therefore was to investigate the relationship
between circulation channels and urban forms in Nairobi, to determine how
such a relationship can be utilized positively to structure urban precincts. The
study adopted qualitative, descriptive case-study research method to analyze
the cause and impact. Structured direct observation and interviews of key
informants were used to collect data from the ground and from architects and
urban planners, to help inform the various archival and documentary materials
collected prior and during the study.
It emerges that from the beginning planning in Nairobi merely
compartmentalized the city into functional zones with little attention given to
the fabric that interconnects the zones. The study thus proposes creation of
urban design guidelines to guide the development of arterial-oriented built
form’s in Nairobi by exposing their spatial adaptations, and as a means to
bridging the gap between urban planning and design.


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