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kpsp02 signing + new site surveying + kiki weavers
kpsp02 signing + new site surveying + kiki weavers
Bank group visit + Kiki weavers + product design
Bank group visit + Kiki weavers + product design
summer.07

Summer 07 a five minute look at the people, places and processes involved in creating the first productive public space in kibera video also available on youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MVJ9v9Umwoo many thanks to grant mcfadden for his editorial work

permeable barriers
permeable barriers

here are a few ideas of affordable materials we can use for permeable barriers on site…

sketch ideas, by opil
sketch ideas, by opil
new site program

we hope to be able to have the resources to establish the following uses on the site: landscape + river embankments – instead of a traditional rock gabion, possibly a “trash gabion” (details to come) + new foot bridge + new community playground + temporary community gathering structure composting + compost barrel farm + sorting/drying […]

design concepts
design concepts

the general concept is to use linear pieces – gabions, plantings, bamboo fencing (this fence exists near the site) to create N|S lines across the site to partition space, provide security for some of the program pieces, and define circulation. the idea is to maintain visual access E|W across the site to provide continuity from […]

topo map in the making
topo map in the making

the surveyors took spot elevations in 10m intervals across the site – in about a 1 -1 1/2 acre area. there’s not much vertical change across the site (it slopes gently downwards toward the dam) but a small river does run approximately N|S through the site. the surveyors took careful measurements along this corridor so […]

the pilot site
the pilot site

the k.p.s. pilot project works with approximately 50 hh’s near the Nairobi dam edge on a piece of land adjacent to the undugu society and st. gabriel’s school at the border of soweto east/silanga.

compost barrel prototype
compost barrel prototype

this is a mockup of the compost barrel that is being used at the k.p.s site. the barrel is plastic with drilled holes, has a lid to prevent rain from getting in, a hinged door to remove the compost at the bottom, and sits on a concrete base. members from the youth group were able […]

the new media campaign
the new media campaign
a pilot “productive park”

As a group, our strategy is practical: to reclaim waste spaces along the rivers that currently run through Kibera for new community amenities. These spaces are public land and if cleared of trash and fortified by basic flood control, can form a new infrastructure that houses cottage industries, playspaces, and local sanitation services that not […]

Pilot Project 2007

In the summer of 2006, landscape architecture and urban planning students from the Harvard Design School paired up with students from the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT), the University of Nairobi, and community members to research the needs and physical conditions in the villages of Soweto East and Kambi Muru. Based on […]

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