Tatu City, Kenya, Africa
Year2010latitude: -1° 9'
longitude: 36° 54'
Initiator(s)Stephen Jennings, Rendeavour
Planning organizationRendeavour
Nationality initiator(s)New Zealand, Kenya, United States, Norway
Designer(s) / Architect(s)DLC Group, SA
Design organizationSkidmore, Owings & Merrill
Target population120,000
Town websitehttp://www.tatucity.com/
Town related linkshttp://www.som.com/news/som_city_design_practice_plans_two_new_communities_ in_sub-saharan_africa
http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/nova-academies-brings-flagship-camp us-to-rendeavours-tatu-city-in-kenya-300311750.html
http://www.the-star.co.ke/news/2016/10/07/chandaria-industries-signs-sh5-bi llion-relocation-deal-to-tatu_c1433550

type of New Town: > scale of autonomy
New Town
Company Town
> client
Private Corporation
Public Corporation
> policy

Future boulevard in Tatu City
source: http://www.tatucity.com/





source: http://kenarch.wordpress.com/category/buildings/urban-design/page/2/

Tatu City was initiated by international developer Rendeavour according to a planning model that the company applies to each of their urban developments in five African countries. Included in Nairobi’s Vision 2030, the city is capitalising on its sharp contrast to Nairobi’s dilapidated infrastructure, pollution, overcrowding, and crime. Located in the quickly urbanising northern part of Nairobi, Tatu City is close to the highway connecting the New Town to Nairobi centre.

Tatu City is located in Ruiru, a land known for its thousands of acres of a coffee plantation in Kiambu County. In 2008, the area was acquired by one of the largest urban land developers in Africa. The city is planned as mixed-use and mixed-income urban development, including all sorts of facilities and urban amenities. The first phase of construction of Tatu City began in 2012, occupants were expected to move into residential units by the last quarter of 2013, and commercial and retail operations were expected to open in 2014. However, for a long time, the city’s construction was hampered by legal and financial scandals, and ownership disputes, but since construction started in 2015, things have gone more smoothly. Furthermore, the city has the status of Special Economic Zone, providing benefits such as reduced taxes.

Tatu City’s challenges are partly economic and infrastructural, but mostly social: how to make a real city and not a real estate project? And how to make this New Town more inclusive and connect it to existing communities?

Urban Fabric

The city aims to shift from the familiar single node model to a decentralisation urban environment. It proposes medium residential units of four-five storeys and a mixed-use development concept with homes, schools, offices, a shopping district, medical clinics, nature areas, a sport and entertainment complex and manufacturing area. House design sizes range between 236 square meters and 717 square meters from the lower middle class to the upper-middle class. Residential areas provide gated communities with serviced plots as well as more affordable housing in apartment blocks. The road network gives access to the greater East and Central African Region; there is also a planned connection to the Jomo Kenyatta Airport, the Thika Highway and the Northern and Eastern Bypasses.

source: http://www.tatucity.com/

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