Kibera Public Space Project, 2006–2010
This is a Project. It was architect: Arthur Adeya, Jennifer Toy, Chelina Odbert, Luke Clark Tyler, Anthony Opil, Kotch Voraakhom, Ellen Schneider, Julius Muiru and Kounkuey Design Initiative. It is dated 2006–2010. Its medium is reclaimed timber and steel, stone, plaster, red soil, cement, gum poles, corrugated metal.
Kounkuey Design Initiative (KDI) is a nonprofit design firm formed to develop Productive Public Spaces (PPS), which use unoccupied waste spaces to address local needs. First working in Kibera, KDI converted a former waterlogged dumping site located on a highly polluted Ngong River tributary. The new space features amenities—a public park, rainwater-fed water tap, and a new bridge that shortens commute time—and opportunities for microenterprise—community refuse is turned into compost for sale to urban farmers, and a pavilion doubles as a drying rack for water hyacinth that are woven into baskets. Part of a larger vision to “reclaim the river,” several community-based sites along the same river form a network that creates a larger settlement-scale impact. These same design principles can be applied to other locations around the world.