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Andolo – the last frontier in Kibera – KPSP10
Andolo – the last frontier in Kibera – KPSP10

  In Nairobi’s informal settlement of Kibera, there’s an area that not only lacks development and infrastructure, but has also seen plenty disaster. The local community calls this area Andolo (meaning deep sleep in sub-tribes of Luyha), where disaster is shaped by a number of challenges, including high levels of illiteracy (few residents have received […]

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 […]

Living in the River Lands – Flooding in Kibera
Living in the River Lands - Flooding in Kibera

We’re sticking with the watery theme this week as we continue to look at recent game changing developments in Kibera. This time it’s flooding; a destructive force that disrupts and displaces people in Kibera each year, and overlaps with the intractable issues of land ownership, open space, infrastructure development and evictions. In Kibera the cheapest […]

A New Sewer Line in Kibera…
A New Sewer Line in Kibera...

Part of KDI Kenya’s new blog series on the changing face of Kibera.  The Need for a New Sewer in Kibera  Sewers are one of those things that once tucked away neatly underground most people don’t want or have to think about too much. The benefits of convenience and a sanitary and safe environment are […]

KPSP07 Design Workshop 02
KPSP07 Design Workshop 02

The second kibera public space project (KPSP07) workshop happened on the 30 August. The aim of the second workshop was; to capture outstanding information that could not be collected during the first workshop and get the community group to start prioritising the programs (or activities) that they wanted to incorporate in the project. First we […]

KPSP07 Design Workshop 01 .
KPSP07 Design Workshop 01 .

On 23 August, the design process for KPSP07 started. With this first workshop, KDI’s aim was to understand the context of the space.  Through a series of exercises, we asked the 74 community members of the community to provide us with information about the site. The workshop started with an energetic ice breaker, where a […]

Design Workshop for KPSP 05
Design Workshop for KPSP 05

Between the 26th of January and the 1st of April 2013, we conducted four Design Workshops to initiate our newest project, Kibera Public Space Project 05. Community participants partook in exercises and activities that drew out the information the designers will use to create the project plans. From deciding the programs and businesses to the […]

WATSAN Portal: Kibera
WATSAN Portal: Kibera

Last June Spatial Collective and Kounkuey Design Initiative (KDI) met for the first time. The attraction was instant! Spatial Collective is a Nairobi-based social enterprise that develops innovative tools to support collective action. They specialize in data collection, data visualization, and community engagement and have a number of effective and interesting programs in informal settlements […]

Narok Water Exploration
Narok Water Exploration

On the 11th of January the KDI team was invited to Lengina primary school, a 3 hour drive outside of Nairobi towards the Maasai Mara. We were welcomed by many members of the community, including Julius – who had invited KDI to visit, the community elders, the village chief, and many more interested in seeing […]

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 […]

KPSP 04: A Journey to Start
KPSP 04: A Journey to Start

Over the past couple of weeks we’ve shared with you blog posts on the clean-up and official launch of our fourth site in Kibera: KPSP 04. What we haven’t shown you is the long journey it took – over the last 9 months – in order to start construction. After a long Request for Proposals […]

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

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 […]

Bonneau, Haiti PPS
Bonneau, Haiti PPS

The PPS in Bonneau, Haiti will involve the revitalization of the central marketplace. KDI will be working with a 75-person community group, Tête Ensemble – meaning Heads Together, to transform the town’s open-air market into a Productive Public Space. Based on preliminary design meetings with community members, the PPS will expand upon the existing market […]

Tales From the Field: Well-Adjusted
Tales From the Field: Well-Adjusted

  Today was one of the few days where my tasks extended across all of our three sites. Early this morning, we spent time surveying the land at KPSP #3 with the local community. It was quite a scene as members from various community groups helped to stake out points for measurement and use the […]

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 […]

kpsp02: landscape plans
kpsp02: landscape plans
architects and contractors and engineers! oh, my!
architects and contractors and engineers!  oh, my!
site preparation at KPSP02 begins.
site preparation at KPSP02 begins.
kpsp01: meeting and construction of amphitheater seats, seed beds, and fencing
kpsp01: meeting and construction of amphitheater seats, seed beds, and fencing

     

kpsp02 signing + new site surveying + kiki weavers
kpsp02 signing + new site surveying + kiki weavers
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