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El Niño in Kibera
El Niño in Kibera

      The El Niño. After months of anticipating the coming of El Niño, the intensified, heavy rainfall has arrived in Nairobi as expected. Already the annual long rains has caused noticeable flooding in a number of places in Nairobi and in the country at large. These rains caused both loss of life and property worth […]

A Productive Public Learning Space in Kibera – Anwa Junior Academy.
A Productive Public Learning Space in Kibera - Anwa Junior Academy.

KDI-Kenya has recently initiated a new set of projects within the growing Kibera Public Space Project (KPSP) network that look specifically at creating “Productive Public Learning Spaces” – developed on the same principles as KPSP but with a programmatic focus on education. This September we have started design workshops with the Anwa Junior Academy (pictured here).  In […]

KPSP07 PRE-DESIGN WORKSHOP.
KPSP07 PRE-DESIGN WORKSHOP.

This weekend KDI held a pre-design workshop with the community around (Kibera Public Space Project) KPSP07. While this project is moving quickly, we took time last weekend preparing the community for the project design phase, introducing the community to the construction team and engaging the children envisioning of what the space could be. Julius Muiru, […]

Bienvenidos a KDI, Lauren!
Bienvenidos a KDI, Lauren!

  We are excited to introduce to you LA’s own summer intern. Each year we have an internship program in Kenya, but this year we are lucky to be able to extend that to our home base here in Los Angeles. Lauren Ewald graduated in May 2013 with a MLA from Kansas State University (located in […]

KPSP03: The Launch
KPSP03: The Launch

  For a long time the dream of accomplishing this project seemed far from becoming a reality, but now we are happy to say that it has come true. It was not easy bringing KPSP 03 to this point of celebration. Since starting the project in September 2011 with physical construction and clean-ups supported by […]

KPSP03: Almost There
KPSP03: Almost There

With each new project we hope that this will be the one with a seamless transition from design to management. Unfortunately, it seems we are still waiting for that day when a project finishes construction without hitting any snags. We started KPSP 03 last summer with these hopes and a completion date of Spring 2012. […]

KPSP 04: Designing a Public Space
KPSP 04: Designing a Public Space

Participatory design is the bedrock of every KDI Productive Public Space. An active role by the community in the design process helps us to create projects that address pressing community needs and ensure sustainable change. This summer in Kibera our intern, April Schneider, designed and conducted each of the workshops for KPSP 04. The workshops […]

Meet Michelle!
Meet Michelle!

We are excited to introduce you to KDI’s newest employee. Michelle Morna is the new Kenya Country Architect and is already digging deep into work making impressive and innovative design choices for KPSP 04. Having received her Undergraduate in Architectural Studies from the University of Cape Town, Michelle has pursued design work in various rural settings. […]

Haiti in March: NWHCM
Haiti in March: NWHCM

One of our two projects in Haiti is a fee-for-service project with the non-profit organization Northwest Haiti Christian Mission. This organization has been serving the Northwest of Haiti, the poorest region in the country, for over thirty years. NWHCM has numerous programs throughout the region including orphanages, health clinics, and agricultural development. They have a […]

Haiti in March: Day 2-6
Haiti in March: Day 2-6

After arriving safely in St. Louis du Nord we spent the next few days taking full advantage of our time in Haiti with full-day community workshops, site visits, measuring topography, and completing a pilot project. While we spent most of our time in Bonneau we did make a short site visit to the Far West, […]

KPSP03: A PPS UNDERWAY
KPSP03: A PPS UNDERWAY

This past spring and summer KDI’s team in Kenya completed an RFP and site selection process for our third project in Kibera. Like KPSP01 and KPSP02, KPSP03 sits along the river running through Kibera. A larger site then KPSP02, KPSP03 will include a playground, poultry farm, improved drainage, flood control, kiosks, and a community center […]

Summer 2012 Internship: Design
Summer 2012 Internship: Design

POSITION: 2012 SUMMER DESIGN INTERNSHIP Location: Nairobi, Kenya Language: Fluency in English (Kiswahili a plus) Start Date: June 2012 – September 2012 Application Due: February 24, 2012   Kounkuey Design Initiative (KDI) is an innovative international partnership specializing in the practices of architecture, landscape architecture, engineering, and urban planning. KDI is rooted in participatory design […]

Design with the Other 90%: Cities
Design with the Other 90%: Cities

Last weekend the Design with the Other 90%: Cities opened at the United Nations. If you don’t get a chance to visit the exhibit before it closes on January 9th, Places (an online journal of architecture, landscape and urbanism) has posted an essay by Cynthia Smith, curator of socially-responsible design at the Cooper-Hewitt, about her […]

We’re Hiring: Landscape Architecture Internship
We're Hiring: Landscape Architecture Internship

We are hiring a Landscape Architect Intern for our Haiti projects, the candidate must be located in Los Angeles, CA or Philadelphia, PA. For more information on the job please visit our website: www.kounkuey.org/VolunteerandJobs.html.

We’re Hiring!
We're Hiring!

We are excited to let everyone know that we are looking for a candidate for or Haiti On-Site Project Manager position (Architect or Engineer). To find more about the job, go to our website here.

DESIGN WITH THE OTHER 90%: CITIES
DESIGN WITH THE OTHER 90%: CITIES

Here at KDI we are always looking to develop better projects, models, and methodologies that will increase quality of life for the communities we work with. While our projects are the physical manifestations of this evolution, we also try to actively participate in a dialogue with other design and community development professionals. Presenting our work […]

LOS ANGELES OFFICE INTERN
LOS ANGELES OFFICE INTERN

Location: Los Angeles, California Start Date: Immediate Application Due: September 23, 2011 Kounkuey Design Initiative (KDI) is an innovative international partnership specializing in the practices of architecture, landscape architecture, engineering and urban planning. KDI transforms impoverished communities by collaborating with residents to create low-cost, high-impact built environments (Productive Public Spaces) that improve their daily lives. […]

KPSP 02: Constructing Kiosks
KPSP 02: Constructing Kiosks

The third physical component at KPSP 02 are the three Kiosks. Built along the road that connects to the bridge and next to the Sanitation Block, the Kiosks will be rented out by community members to sell their goods. There are three kiosks on the site and a small community bench next to the kiosks. […]

KPSP02: Constructing a Playground
KPSP02: Constructing a Playground

Last week KDI and the Riverside Usafi Group held an opening ceremony to unveil KPSP 02. We have prepared a slideshow below that shows just how the newest playground in Kibera was created. Press the information button in the top left corner of the slideshow for details about each picture.

KPSP02: Constructing a Sanitation Block
KPSP02: Constructing a Sanitation Block

The sanitation block was the first component to be built at KPSP02. The sanitation block has six toilets and four showers. The Riverside Usafi Group, KDI’s community partner, will run the sanitation block. Fees collected from its use will be used to maintain the site.

kpsp02: opening celebration
kpsp02: opening celebration

KPSP02 was formally opened last week in an opening celebration with the community. The ribbon cutting ceremony was performed by the area’s Chief. KPSP02 now has a sanitation block with 6 toilets and four showers, kiosks for small enterprises, and a playground. The site is run and maintained by the community group Riverside Usafi Group. […]

Tales From the Field: Ready for Play
Tales From the Field: Ready for Play

Despite not being completely finished for the Site #2 opening, the playground was secure enough for 200+ kids to storm the structure. Now, we just have to sand and varnish it for a sustainable play. But I think we have the kids’ approval. -Eric

Tales From the Field: KPSP 02 Playground
Tales From the Field: KPSP 02 Playground

It’s 2AM, but I couldn’t go to sleep without finalizing a quick last render for the playground, as we’re starting construction ASAP. The roofing scheme is still up in the air, but will be made of bamboo. Enjoy! -Eric        

Tales From the Field: Playground Design
Tales From the Field: Playground Design

  This week, we’ve made some significant progress at Site #2. The showers, toilets and water tap have been open for sometime, but we’re planning to have our official opening in 2-3 weeks when we’re done building the kiosks and playground. With a tight deadline, we’ve been working at full speed, with brick curing going […]

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