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

A. M. Martin, P. M. Bezemer*

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    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.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)609-634
    Number of pages26
    JournalPlanning Perspectives
    Issue number4
    Early online date9-Apr-2019
    Publication statusPublished - 3-Jul-2020


    • Public house for native citizens
    • Nairobi
    • international transfer of models
    • actor-network Theory
    • transmutation
    • comparative research
    • twentieth-century town planning history
    • URBAN
    • AFRICA

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