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Konza Techno City Exhibition Platform by SHoP Architects

News: the Kenyan government has commenced work on Konza Technology City, a £9.1 billion IT and business hub dubbed "Africa's Silicon Savannah".

Konza Techno City Exhibition Platform by SHoP Architects

Above and top: Konza Techno City Exhibition Platform by SHoP Architects

Located almost 40 miles south-east of the capital Nairobi, Konza Technology City is expected to create more than 20,000 IT jobs by 2015, and around 200,000 jobs by the time it's completed in 2030.

The 2011-hectare site will have a residential area comprising around 37,000 homes to accommodate 185,000 people.

Konza Techno City Exhibition Platform by SHoP Architects

Above: Konza Techno City Exhibition Platform by SHoP Architects

Over 600 hectares of Konza will be marked off as green corridors, and Kenya Wildlife Conservancy has pledged to safeguard the ecology of the surrounding savannah.

"It is expected to spur massive trade and investment as well as create thousands of employment opportunities for young Kenyans," said Kenya's president Mwai Kibaki at the groundbreaking ceremony.

Kenya starts construction of Konza Technology City

Above: earlier visual concept for Konza by Pell Frischmann

The project, which is part of the government's Vision 2030 initiative to improve the Kenya's infrastructure, is also set to include a university campus, hotels, schools, hospitals and research facilities.

See more images and find out more about the masterplan by Manhattan-based firm SHoP Architects in our updated story on Konza Techno City.

Kenya starts construction of Konza Technology City

Above: earlier plan for Konza Technology City by Pell Frischmann

We recently reported on a high-density, car-free city for 80,000 people being built from scratch in rural China, while a South Korean firm has developed a system of concrete modules for building the country's answer to California's Silicon Valley.

Kenya starts construction of Konza Technology City

Above: the site for Konza

Other major masterplans around the world we've featured include a new district to double the size of Moscow and the redesign of the huge Futian District of Shenzhen, China.

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  • http://twitter.com/burtja @burtja

    That first image is pretty budget. They ctrl+p’d the Emirates Towers from Dubai.

  • Ali Akbar

    Why does the first rendering show an image of Dubai’s Emirates Towers amongst the various skyscrapers?

  • http://www.manco.com.tr Ali Manco

    Copy paste from Dubai, very classy.

  • Derek Wilson

    More harm. Less farm.

  • Davy de Munck

    Poor Kenyans. Pity for the landscape. Poor politicians.

  • Jimmuh

    Pretty pictures for the current dictator. Looks a bit less lush on the ground.

  • Concerned

    Meanwhile, tens of thousands of orphans of AIDS-infected parents go homeless and die in the ditches.

  • recon::decon

    The 1980s called: they want their rendering back.

  • http://www.constantmoneyforlife.ws Robert Lee

    Wow. That’s really all I can say.

  • Assou-mo-Jirou

    As a Kenyan, I think this is another thoughtless, petty project from an unimaginative African leader. If they go ahead with this, only the elite minority and foreign expats will benefit and the poverty gap will widen. Kenya needs basic infrastructure like clinics, proper roads, electricity for everyone, clean water, housing for the poor and improved education for all.

    Angola is another African country with an appetite for useless, grandiose projects that end up as soul-less ghost towns that do not benefit the natives but enrich the Chinese.

  • simba

    “It is expected to spur massive trade and investment as well as create thousands of employment opportunities for young Kenyans.” Job creation is so often used to justify the construction of abominations like this. Architecture doesn’t create employment!

  • http://www.buildesign.co.ke BUILDesign Magazine

    Beautiful renders. Just that.

  • ZacM

    As a Kenyan, I have to say that the president is not a dictator. Well meaning but ignorant folks in the west tend to put all African countries in the same box. I think Kibaki with Raila pushing him have done a decent job in Kenya and I believe that umbitious projects are the only way to get Kenya out of the third world.

    I do have concerns about the “new tech centre” but I also had concerns when Raila spoke about highway construction, guess what it has happened to the amazement of many. Kenyans are some of the most educated people in the world and they will make things happen. In 10 years Kenya will be ahead of many “second world” countries.
    Please remember that the British, French, Portuguese and US have had a major advantage in the last 300 years but I expect many changes in the next 3 decades.

  • http://www.greeninc.co.za anton

    The first three images are beautifully rendered and delicate by design. The other images were not produced by SHoP but are earlier collages used by the client for visioning. I don’t like the masterplan as it seems both forced and grandiose. Not sure who developed this plan but it should be reviewed to make it more practical and appropriate. Sensitive incremental development with rigorous coding will almost always be right. I love Nairobi as a city and would love to see government investing in the CBD. Although vibrant, it is in dire need of environmental upgrade that would in turn attract further investment. I love Kenya! Viva!

  • http://rederingservice.blogspot.com/2013/03/3d-architectural-rendering-design.html 3d renderings

    This also shows itself in an effect called “uncanny valley”, where your brain is very good at telling fake, unrealistic images from realistic ones.