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Indigenous People’s Day 2018: Interview with Conchita Pozar
Indigenous People's Day 2018: Interview with Conchita Pozar

To celebrate Indigenous People’s Day, KDI’s very own Nereida Montes caught up with fellow North Shore resident Conchita Pozar, an indigenous activist and artisan originally from Michoacán, Mexico. One of a growing number of Purépecha immigrants in California and heiress to the Purépecha embroidery technique passed down the generations of her family, Conchita uses her […]

Trees and Digging and Shade, Oh My!
Trees and Digging and Shade, Oh My!

  After months of construction hiatus, this past Saturday the KDI Los Angeles team was joined by Pueblo Unido CDC and St. Anthony community members, young and old, for a day of tree planting. Arriving from Los Angeles at 8 am we were greeted by some of our most committed volunteers, teenage brothers Chris and […]

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 […]

St. Anthony: Learning to Grow
St. Anthony: Learning to Grow

  On Sunday our first gardening class at St. Anthony was held in partnership with the University of California, Riverside, Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners Program. This would not have been possible without the fearless leadership of Master Gardener Molly Lyle who worked with KDI to develop a gardening program for youth to be taught at […]

Starting the Year Off Right: North Shore, Seguro y Limpio
Starting the Year Off Right: North Shore, Seguro y Limpio

If the first week of 2013 is any indication, this year will be a busy and exciting one for us here at KDI. On the First Friday of January we held our First community meeting for our Second project in the Eastern Coachella Valley. The project will be located in North Shore, a four-neighborhood community […]

Garden Milagros in St. Anthony
Garden Milagros in St. Anthony

This year we were lucky to work a second time with artist Helen Lessick, this time at our project in St. Anthony. In the Spring Helen led an art workshop with the youth of the park asking them to draw their aspirations for the public space using the traditions of Milagros as a starting point. […]

¡No tomes el agua!
¡No tomes el agua!

If you live in California then you are constantly reminded that we are in a water crisis. Most of us think of that crisis as a shortage problem, but for many California residents it is much more. Usually thought of as an exclusively ‘third-world’ health hazard, a contaminated water supply is an ongoing problem plaguing […]

An Inside Look into the St. Anthony PPS with Aricela
An Inside Look into the St. Anthony PPS with Aricela

At KDI, we work with communities through participatory design and construction. This means that community members take part in the process every step of the way- from design to finish. Here is a closer look at one of KDI’s valued community members in St. Anthony. Aricela, also called ‘Chela’ by family and friends around St. […]

Coachella: St. Anthony PPS Underway
Coachella: St. Anthony PPS Underway

It has been an exciting past two weeks in the Coachella Valley as the St. Anthony PPS is making progress. When we arrived at the site Saturday morning, a few people were just finishing putting up the chain link fence on the far side of the PPS. While construction began on the stage foundations, the […]

St. Anthony PPS Launch
St. Anthony PPS Launch

While past posts have introduced to you our first US-based project, here in Southern California in the Eastern Coachella Valley, we are finally proud to say that the project is launching! After securing a grant from the California Endowment through their Building Healthy Communities Initiative, we are getting the ball rolling. This Sunday at St. […]

St. Anthony Productive Public Space
St. Anthony Productive Public Space

During workshops at St. Anthony, the community identified three major issues: lack of a central gathering space to house committee meetings and foster social cohesion, a safe recreation area for youth and affordable food accessibility. The Productive Public Space (PPS), in St. Anthony, which is currently in the participatory design phase addresses these needs of […]

Kounkuey Design Intitiative Film Making Position
Kounkuey Design Intitiative Film Making Position

Kounkuey Design Initiative (“KDI”) partners with residents of impoverished areas to create low-cost, high-impact public spaces that transform communities, improving the residents’ daily lives and future prospects. Begun in 2006, KDI is an innovative international partnership specializing in the practices of architecture, landscape architecture, engineering, and urban planning. KDI believes that participatory planning and design […]

St. Anthony Trailer Park: KDI’s First US-Based Site
St. Anthony Trailer Park: KDI's First US-Based Site

KDI’s first U.S. site will be working with the residents in the St. Anthony Trailer Park near Mecca, CA in the Eastern Coachella Valley. St. Anthony is home to an estimated 570 people (approximately 282 children, 100 teenagers, and 188 adults), all from the same area in Michoacán, Mexico. In February 2011, KDI conducted several […]

Meet Our Los Angeles Summer Intern!
Meet Our Los Angeles Summer Intern!

This summer we are expanding our Los Angeles office with an intern of our own. We are happy to introduce you to Mindy Hagan who will be working on our Coachella project. Mindy is a rising senior at Pomona College in Claremont, CA majoring in International Relations and minoring in History. Although she is American, […]

Coachella, not just a music festival
Coachella, not just a music festival

The Coachella Valley sits just two hours outside of the metropolitan region of Los Angeles and is one of the most fertile agricultural growing areas in California. Yet, the region has extreme income disparity, harsh weather conditions and limited access to resources. A lack of affordable housing has led to more than 120 un-permitted mobile […]

Coachella v. Kibera: Bringing a PPS to the US
Coachella v. Kibera: Bringing a PPS to the US

At first glance, it would seem that Kibera, Nairobi, Kenya and Coachella, CA, USA wouldn’t have much in common. They are over 9,600 miles apart! One is considered a developed country, the other “developing”. Yet despite these differences, the living conditions faced by residents in both cities are remarkably similar. So what does Coachella have […]

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