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The concept and planning of public native housing estates in Nairobi/Kenya, 1918–1948


Year published: 2019
Categories: Journal Article
URL Link: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/02665433.2019.1602785?needAccess=true

Author / Authors:

  • A. M. Martin
  • P. M. Bezemer


Interwar public housing estates for native citizens in Sub-Sahara African cities, represent hybrids of global and local urban concepts, housing typologies and dwelling habits. The authors explain such hybrids via exploratory research note as a result of transmutation processes, marked by various (non)human actors. To categorize and compare them, Actor Network Theory (ANT) is applied and tested within an architecture historical framework. Nairobi/Kenya functions as pars pro toto with its Kariakor and Kaloleni estates as exemplary cases. Their different network-outcomes underpin the supposition that actor-oriented research can help to unravel a most essential, though neglected part of international town planning history.

Planning Perspectives, DOI: 10.1080/02665433.2019.1602785 (Published online: 09 Apr 2019)


  • Journal Article