Minidoc - Productive Public Space in Kibera Nairobi

Slum Upgrading

Author Kounkuey Design Initiative

Kenya, Nairobi, Kibera, Soweto East

Authors Kounkuey Design Initiative

Slum Upgrading

Strengths: The project meets both physical and economic needs expressed by the community: it improves access to water through rainwater harvesting, provides ecological toilet facilities, decreases idleness among the youth and creates income generating opportunities. The project functions at 3 levels – environmental, social, financial – to create a sustainability loop that ensures the longevity of the design.

Difficulties: Because the community drives the project, it can only move forward once the community has demonstrated sufficient capacity to handle each new program. As a result, the project timeline is longer than most traditional design projects. Because the technical team works entirely pro-bono and is based in the US communication is less frequent than is desirable. Lastly the project only has a regional impact in the aggregate; meaning one PPS is not enough to adequately address the scale of the problem.

Extra information: The entire incremental spine of PPS's must be built to begin to have a tangible effect, (see slide 10) and with our current model of working, the timeline for completing the spine is too long to be effective. Still to be constructed is the cornerstone of the PPS, the biodigesting toilet block. This will provide 10 toilets, 5 showers, a community kitchen, and an office space for the community.



urbaninform at the North-South Forum Zürich April 22, 2012

Joint Venture: URBANINFORM and Onepointfive April 05, 2012
Playlist: 2012 onepointfive lead project
Platform: (6) onepointfive partnership

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