Project description by jury
Traffic congestion in Kampala, like in most sub-Saharan cities, is acknowledged as a costly, dangerous and suboptimal aspect of African urban life. Inadequate road infrastructure poses serious health issues for both pedestrians and drivers, while impacting on the entire economic system through logistics inefficiency and lost time caused by traffic jams. This proposal suggests a multi-modal transport scheme for Kampala that blends road engineering and landscape design to improve current transport infrastructure and overall livability of the city.
Streets are redesigned to adequately accommodate vehicular traffic while designating generous surfaces for clearly identified pedestrian and bicycle paths. Some key areas become pedestrianized and are entirely closed to vehicular traffic. The intervention promotes sustainable mobility, more organized business activities, and designated areas for street vending and plazas. Urban furniture, streetlights and an appropriate landscape design contribute to the pleasant amenity of the pedestrian zones. New small constructions are conceived to serve as shelters along footpaths or train platforms. Beyond enhancing urban mobility, this project enables more fluid motorized traffic flows to sensibly improve environmental sustainability by minimizing the concentration of vehicles. In addition to reducing CO2 emissions and noise levels, the newly organized traffic configuration also positively impacts the commercial and urban center to deliver a more appealing character for tourists.
The Holcim Awards jury Middle East Africa acknowledged the relevance of the project for its context in Uganda, as well as for many African countries that suffer from similar problems caused by a poorly organized and overloaded urban transport infrastructure. The impressive amount of detail provided by the author indicates a sensitivity that goes beyond providing new inputs of a purely utilitarian nature. The proposal offers valuable solutions to more responsibly rethink human activities that gravitate around congested urban areas.See more
As a Main category prize winner in the regional Holcim Awards 2020, Urban Movement in Uganda automatically qualified as a finalist in the Global Holcim Awards 2021.
Extreme traffic congestion is a costly and dangerous fact of everyday life in downtown Kampala. This project envisions an upgraded multi-modal transportation network designed for safe, efficient, and cleaner mobility in Kampala. The concept incorporates elements of traffic engineering, landscaping, and urban design to significantly improve the quality of life in the city. “The project promotes cleaner streets and cleaner air in our streets and cities by reducing exhaust emissions,” says Joseph Kigozi of Prome Consultants, Kampala, Uganda. “It also provides spaces for social interaction and commercial activities.” The jury acknowledged the relevance of the project to its context in Uganda as well as many other African countries that suffer from similar problems caused by poorly organized and overloaded urban transportation infrastructure.Read more »
Reduction of traffic congestion and improvement of air quality
The pedestrian and cycling environments were designed with safe, clear and unobstructed connections to the different streets within the project scope. The pedestrianization of some key streets will eliminate motorized traffic from these streets thus eliminating congestion. Elimination of motorized traffic will improve air quality due to reduced vehicle CO2 emissions. The Landscaping aspects proposed along the streets eg. Grasses and trees contribute to the reduction of CO2 in the atmosphere thus improving air quality. This will be a step towards achieving SDG numbers 3 and 11.
Improvement of economic livelihoods of project beneficiaries
As part of the walking and cycling facilities, vending areas and plazas have been allotted specific spaces. People using NMT facilities will be able to purchase items such as foodstuffs from the vendors set up along the facilities. The commercial activities of the vendors will improve their economic livelihoods. The NMT facilities shall lead to the development of bicycle-related businesses for example bicycle share schemes that shall further contribute to the economic livelihoods of the proprietors and the people that will be employed by these businesses. More people including tourists will be attracted to the NMT facilities because of the organized nature of the streets thus more customers for businesses. The growth of businesses will give rise to the increase in tax revenue collected.
Reduction in noise pollution
Elimination of motorized traffic on some of the roads will greatly contribute to the reduction of noise arising from the car engines. The reduction in noise shall create a more peaceful and clean environment further encouraging the use of a facility. The adoption of NMT will enable achievement of the permissible noise levels specified in the National Environment Noise standards and Control Regulations.See more
The project is intended to reduce CO2 emissions by:
A multi-modal transport scheme for Kampala combines road engineering and social infrastructure to improve logistics and …
Author comment by Joseph Kigozi, Prome Consultants, Uganda Chicago on Urban Movement in Uganda – Multi-modal urban …
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