Planning challenges facing urban heritage of modernizing society: Case study of Nairobi Railway Station

ABSTRACT
The architectural heritage is an outward expression of irreplaceable cultural, historical and
socio-economic value is in danger of being lost and not to be regained especially in the city of
Nairobi. With new developments coming up every day, heritage is bound to suffer at some point
if proper care is not taken to the extent that it can disappear and heritage once lost cannot be
regained. This is mainly due to challenges on land use conflicts between private developers and
conservators of heritage in the city, lack of commitment to protection of our built heritage by the
government and the public, unawareness of heritage in the country, lack of funds in preserving
and conserving heritage among many other challenges.
The purpose of this study is to highlight some of the challenges facing urban heritage in the city
of Nairobi Railway Station precinct and recommend ways in which new developments can be
integrated with the heritage buildings in the precinct to come up with a sustainable development
plan.
The main method used to collect the data was the use of questionnaires and interviews with
various institutions from the data collected, it is clear that the heritage in this precinct is on the
verge of disappearing if no proper intervention is implemented and a set of guideline to guide
development in the precinct as well as in the city of Nairobi as a whole.
The findings derived are that the NRS Area should be properly planned with the important
heritage elements conserved in order to promote both domestic and international tourism. This
should be done by providing a plan that will enable efficient and effective use of the vast land in
the NRS Area.

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