Workshops and Projects » Mobility in Nairobi 2009


Mobility is one of the crucial issues of the Cultural Library. For the project cooperation between Cologne and Nairobi, Mobility at Nairobi has been the starting point for our common discussionand research for possible topics. Mobility is not limited to physical mobilit or traffic and transportation, it is about social mobility as wel. In the different themes, all those aspects go together. 

Resilience: Interactions with barriers to mobility

From an outsider’s perspective, barriers are a large and integral part of the culture of mobility in Nairobi. The abundance of barriers is imme- diately obvious through the poverty, incomplete infrastructure, and difficulties with inpidual transportation that are visible all over city.

Working from the starting point of “Getting To and From Work”, the research involved a wide scope of interpretation... more

Jobless Corner: The open source job table

Groups of people sitting around as far as the eye can see. Next to the lively bustle of the streets in Nairobi, there is a multitude of people sit around, either in groups or scattered between these groups, with no apparently opportunity to for a lucrative and gainful job. These are the masses of unemployedpeople, and job seekers in Nairobi, who spend their days sitting or laying around without engagement.... more

Digital Decentralisation: Job market & mobility

If public transport in a metropolitan area is insufficient and residents cannot easily travel long distances, a city with a single centre represents a problematic situation. Nairobi and especially its semi-urban areas are centralised. It is questionable whether decentralisation can only be considered when planning an area. Is it also possible to intervene by digital media?

Companies already provide... more

Jobs on the go: Mobile Workplaces in Nairobi

Mobility: What constitutes a mobile workplace, what is made mobile?

Context: How do mobile workplaces relate to and fit into the context of other aspects of mobility?

Preparation and methodology: What were the initial hypotheses, and which field research methods were considered?


What are mobile workplaces and how can these be categorised?

  • Who are the mobile workers?
  • Where do they work, where do...

Non-motorized vehicles: small-scale mobility soultions

In today's world we are surrounded by transportation modes, which transport us or objects of any kind from place to place. These engines have been playing an important role in their development because they save enormous human and animal muscle effort. But in certain contexts, non-motorized vehicles (non-motorized vehicles, NMVs) are more advantageous. For cost and efficiency reasons, entire populations... more

Movement of Stuff: Sukuma Wiki

This essay attempts to analyse the mobility patterns of an everyday product in Nairobi, Kenya: the traditional green leaf vegetable Sukuma Wiki. Data has been collected that deliver insight into the economic process, from farming over transportation to trading. Quite a few people are dealing with the leafy vegetable in rural, peri-urban and urban areas, making this ubiquitous food item is an excellent... more

Dynamic urban patterns: The case of the Globe Cinema Roundabout

Dynamic Urban Patterns deals with different ideas and theories of space linked to the Globe Cinema Roundabout, the biggest roundabout in Africa. This chapter presents the Globe as a spatial container that transforms into a social and mobile phenomenom everytime its users adapt the space to their needs. Intersections of actions and acquirements of space create a sensible structure of this constantly changing... more