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Title:Emerging trends in urban conservation planning in Kenya
Author:Kiamba, MakauISNI
Periodical:Review of Rural and Urban Planning in Southern and Eastern Africa
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Kenya
East Africa
Subjects:conservation of cultural heritage
City planning
urban environment
Abstract:In recognition of the importance of preserving the urban built environment, the government of Kenya has embarked on a policy of conservation in two of the oldest and historically most significant towns, Lamu and Mombasa. This paper examines the conservation approach, albeit quite embryonic, that appears to be emerging in this sector of urban planning. The paper highlights some socioeconomic issues (particularly property and community relations issues) that interrelate with the conservation of the urban built environment but appear to have been given little respect. The paper poses a number of questions. For example, is it possible to achieve an integration of physical and social conservation? What role does physical and architectural conservation play in the lives of those who inhabit areas undergoing conservation? How are the needs of such people satisfied, supported and enhanced? How do the people themselves view conservation efforts? To what extent, and in what manner, should the community itself participate in the conception, planning and implementation of the conservation of their built and/or physical environment and heritage? Bibliogr.