Winner 2012 - Kounkuey Design Initiative

Kibera Productive Public Space

This project aims to focus the concept of productive public space on water management by building educational elements on sanitation, environmental stewardship and watershed management into an innovative participatory design process. The major activities of the project are as follows.

Phase 1: Understand Watershed - including engagement with local NGOs and regional institutions, compilation of information and preparation of workshops and training materials on watershed issues.

Phase 2: Engage Community - including a request for proposal process, project/site selections, watershed and participatory design workshops.

Phase 3: Reclaim River - Implement 3 PPS projects including river bolstering, environmental remediation, water supply, sanitation facilities and community buildings.

The economic and social benefits of the reclaimed river and public spaces will engender a new spirit of environmental stewardship and the learning from the educational sessions will permeate along the river and out into the wider settlement beyond the immediate sites.

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