Uganda Society of Architects (USA)'s Patricia Rutiba has said that Kampala's plan is only admirable on the paper, with what is on the ground remarkably different from what is usually planned.
Rutiba, who is a board member of Uganda Society of Architects and Principal Architect at Dream Architects says the major problem is failure of implementation of plans. She says there are many plans that have not been implementing, resulting into building in swamps and areas which were gazetted as green spaces.
She says government agencies and institutions responsible for planning and implementation should actively enforce plans by demolishing structures in areas where they are not supposed to be.
Rutiba says ordinary Ugandans should always be the first people to complain whenever building start cropping in wetlands.
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Cognisant that implementation of plans is not easy, she argued that it should approached flexibly by for instance, completely demolishing structures in swamps and drainage channels, only allowing minor errors.
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Many people who have been to cities in neighbouring countries or foreign visitors, she says feel a sense of disappointment whenever they look at unplanned buildings that have crowded Entebbe road when traveling from the airport to the city. Rutiba says Kampala is not doing well compared to neighbouring cities when it comes to planning and implementation of plans.
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She made the remarks at Uganda Society of Architects head office in Kampala on Friday while unveiling programme for this year's annual architects' symposium scheduled for August 31st. The symposium is themed “a blue print for a green city.”
“40% of Kampala's population lives in informal settlements predominately developed near wetlands throughout the city, without basic infrastructure such as water services, storm drainage, sewage treatment and solid waste collection. A Green city development is a holistic approach to creating an ecosystem for living and work spaces that preserves our resources, and ensures that future populations will also enjoy the same benefits,” Rutiba said.
She further added; “A green city should also take into account the needs of communities and societal benefits such as equity and accessibility, health and well being and socio-economic opportunity. A green agenda furthermore calls for quality assurance, monitoring of actual performance, the right information, and use of strategies to bench-marking and audit performance of infrastructure and installations.”
Rutiba said the architects are organizing the symposium to bring policy makers and built environment stakeholders together to discuss how to implement better planning and implementation.