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Launching KPSP03: Part 1
Launching KPSP03: Part 1

Last week two community groups and KDI celebrated the opening of the third Productive Public Space in Kibera: KPSP03! Here’s a video preview of the celebration: KPSP03 Launch Stay tuned for more pictures and stories from the launch as well as some before and after pictures. -Jessica

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 […]

Visiting Dandora
Visiting Dandora

The KDI Kenyan team recently paid a visit to Dandora, Nairobi’s only legal dumpsite. We were invited by the Chief Environmental Officer in the Department of Environment of the City Council of Nairobi, which is responsible for solid waste management in the city. The Council had previously provided a garbage truck for our Clean Up event at KPSP04 on the 8th of […]

KPSP 04: Here we go!
KPSP 04: Here we go!

On Saturday the 15th of September, KDI formally launched our fourth project in Kibera: KPSP 04. Ground breaking was done by District Officer Hesbon Kayesi and the area Chief Ombati. There were presentations from community members from KPSP 01, 02, 03 and our future site 05. The community groups from KPSP 04 presented. The Ndovu women […]

KPSP04: A Dirty Beginning
KPSP04: A Dirty Beginning

On Saturday September 8th, 2012 KDI initiated our fourth project site in Kibera, Nairobi with a Community Clean-Up. KPSP04 is located on the border of two villages, Laini Saba and Lindi. KDI has partnered with three groups to design, construct, and manage the new Productive Public Space: SlumCare, Usalama Bridge Youth Reform, and Ndovu – […]

Karibu Summer 2012
Karibu Summer 2012

We have been working for one-month already this summer, but we wanted to take the time to introduce you to our dynamic and hard working summer interns. Adam Broidy originally hails from Brooklyn, New York and is currently pursuing MBA in Design Strategy at the California College of the Arts (CCA). As a strategist and entrepreneur, Adam […]

KPSP03: Helen’s Story Part 2
KPSP03: Helen's Story Part 2

Second Visit: March/April 2012 Using scientific research and local observation, I developed designs for a series of community art plaques that could add color and information to the Kibera landscape. The images took the complex relationship of soil, and parsed it roughly into soil and food production, soil and community health, and soil and ecology. […]

KPSP03: Helen’s Story Part 1
KPSP03: Helen's Story Part 1

Inspiration Abroad: Embedded Practice in Kenya by Helen Lessick Introduction As an artist, I am interested in creative practices outside my studio. I have initiated and created permanent artworks in an arboretum, wastewater treatment plant, County executive offices and rural grange. My projects have investigated trees, earthworms, food, water and especially soils. Of course this […]

KPSP03: Public Art
KPSP03: Public Art

For the first time, KDI has been working with an artist to create a permanent art installation for a Productive Public Space. Los Angeles artist, Helen Lessick has been working since October 2011 with KDI staff in Kenya and community members from KPSP 03 to manage and create a number of pieces that will be […]

KDI Wins 2012 ReSource Award
KDI Wins 2012 ReSource Award

For more information on the award go here.

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 […]

We’re Hiring!: Kibera Field Manager
We're Hiring!: Kibera Field Manager

Kounkuey Design Initiative Position: Kibera Field Manager Location: Kibera, Nairobi, Kenya Language: English and Kiswahili Start Date: February, 2012 Application Due: January 20, 2012 Position Summary Kounkuey Design Initiative is currently looking for a Project Team Supervisor and Micro-Enterprise Program Manager in Kibera, Kenya. The Kibera Field Manager position will be divided as follows: 50% […]

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 […]

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.

Tales From the Field: From Local Intern – Irene
Tales From the Field: From Local Intern - Irene

This week, we would like to introduce the local interns we are each working with together. Irene is one of the Kenyan interns working as a community organizer with me. She grew up in another slum in Nairobi called Huruma, and then moved into Kibera when she was 5 years old. She has been actively […]

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: Night in Kibera
Tales From the Field: Night in Kibera

Last week was the week that we hardly slept. The opening of site 2 took over our energy. But it seems on the site in Kibera spending the last night as in the university before the review can make big change.. Walls were built up, the playground almost finished, the kiosk painted just in one […]

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: Starting Business at Site 3
Tales From the Field: Starting Business at Site 3

It has been almost a month since we came to Kenya. And finally, I started working on my tasks at the new site: Site 3. At Site 3, my task is to find business opportunities for the community. Just as Site 1 and 2, small enterprises run by community members will generate income to maintain […]

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