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    Making Cities Together

    Improving public spaces in Nairobi

  • Videos on Making Cities Together!

    Crowd-funding!

    Upcycle community

    Waste to Worth: waste up-cycling into bricks for colourful streets and green jobs in Nairobi. [till June 2017] Click here!

    Urban Thinkers Campus

    on public spaces and participation

    The UTC is an initiative of UN-Habitat’s World Urban Campaign, an open space for critical exchange, promoting sustainable urbanization. Click here!

    Community

    Design

    Minecraft design workshop with the dandora community

    Building Public Spaces - Minecraft Workshop in Dandora. Local youth who are repurposing courtyards in Dandora are being trained in using Minecraft to help develop their dreams into reality. 

    Co-design

    Placemaking Design Lab

    International and local design teams in collaboration with local initiatives designed 3 public spaces strategies in Nairobi.

  • Fast growing cities, like Nairobi, face serious challenges in developing into an inclusive and prosperous environment. The Making Cities Together project aims to develop a sustainable, viable and long-term agenda for Nairobi’s public spaces as an entry point to urban development.

    The project started in 2014 with the Nairobi placemaking inventory. In May 2015, the Placemaking Design Lab took place to develop new strategies for public spaces in the City centre, Dandora and Korogocho. The 'Must Seed' strategy in Dandora was selected for implementation.

     

    Currently, we are developing a Model Street, a 'place to be' in Dandora with the Dandora Transformation League. This inspiring showcase of a well designed and used public space and other cases, tools and strategies we are sharing on our platform and at many conferences.

     

    ROADMAP TOWARDS BETTER PUBLIC SPACE

    #1a Placemaking inventory

    #1b Location research

    #2a Placemaking Design Lab

    #2b Placemaking Design Intervention

    #2b Minecraft Community Design

    #3 Building Party!

    #4a Knowledge sharing

    #4b Platform

    Placemaking Inventory

     

    The inventory identified 17 socio-spatial initiatives across the city. The initiatives result into a higher quality of life and impact livelihoods, still they continue to face challenges including inadequate funding, land ownership, community engagement, expertise and politics.

     

    Location Research

    The use and physical aspects of public spaces were research at 6 of the initiatives in the city centre, neighbourhoods and informal settelements.

    Placemaking Design Lab

    3 New Placemaking Design Strategies were developed by international and local design teams in collaboration with local initiatives. In a public presentation at Naipolitans' platform in Memorial Park the strategies were shared and discussed.

    Placemaking Design Strategy

    In Dandora the first step towards the 'Must Seed' strategy will be implemented: a model street to show an example of a well designed and used public space.

    Minecraft Community Design

    Together with the community we created design ideas for the model street in dandora through the computer game tool 'minecraft' in collaboration with UN-Habitat.

    Building Party!

    Together with Dandora transformation league we are implementing a model street in neighbourhood in Nairobi, Dandora. based on the strategy from the lab and the minecraft community workshop we are planting trees, painting the facades, placing bins and constructing welcoming gateways.

    Knowledge sharing 

    - Exhibition at N-Aerus 15th conference, Brussels, NOV 2014,

    - Public debate Naipolitans, Nairobi, NOV 2014.
    - Exhibition at Prepcom2 & GC25, Nairobi APR 2015.

    - PUblic space biennalE, Rome, May 2015

    -IFHP Summit, BERLIN, Nov 2015

    - HABITATIII, QUITO, OCT 2016

    - PLACEMAKING WEEK Nairobi, DEC 2016,

    - UTC, Nairobi, 3-4 May 2017

    Platform

    To create sustainable public spaces, drivers for a better city, we collaborate with stakeholders: local initiatives, government, private sector, academia, NGO's, bilateral organisations and above all citizens. Join us!

  • 3 Placemaking Design Strategies

    for court yards, a street and a park in Nairobi

  • MUST SEED

    'Must Seed' is developed as a step-by-step Placemaking strategy to scale up from the successfully improved court yards to the streets to eventually the whole neighborhood of Dandora.
    Making Cities Together selected this strategy is to implement, which will be a benchmark for other neighborhoods in Nairobi and other cities in Kenya.

     

    Currently, a Model Street is being created together with the local community, experts and sponsors.

    See more...

     

      

  • Support the crowdfunding campaign!

    UPcycle commUNITY

    Waste to Worth: waste up-cycling into bricks for colourful streets and green jobs in Nairobi

    Please click here for the campaign site on Indiegogo

  • What is happening right now?

    1. Building Parties in the Model Street, Dandora, Nairobi, May-July 2017 
      Check out the update on facebook 
    2. #UrbanThinkers Campus, UN compound, Nairobi, 3-4 May 2017 
      More information on the website
    3. Crowdfunding campaign UPcycle commUNITY, May-June 2017 
      Donate here! 

  • Join us! 

    Please like our Facebook page - Making Cities Together or fill in the form. 

  • Making Cities Together with...

    Project initiators, Organizers, Advisors, Community organisation and the Design Team.

     
    Thanks to the support of UN-Habitat, Nairobi City County, Stichting DOEN, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, University of Nairobi, Technical University of Kenya, Naipolitans, Kounkuey Design Initiative, GoDownArtCentre, Placemaking Initiatives in Nairobi, Projects for Public spaces, Architects without Borders, Kilimani Project Foundation, Centre for Creative and Cultural Industries, Community Media House, House of Manji, Wire products ltd., Village Market and Jotun.

    IFHP

    Project initiator

    A world-wide network in the broad fields of housing, urban development and planning - Denmark

    INTI

    Project initiator

    Think and do tank for young cities - The Netherlands

    Placemakers

    Project initiator / local organiser

    Placemaking, Research and design Studio - The Netherlands

     

    DTL

    Community based organisation

    Dandora Transformation League: impacting low income urban communities based in Dandora to live a life of health,security,dignity and well-being - Kenya

    CAVE 

    Local design team

    Design bureau, creative services in architecture, interior and landscape - Kenya

    KUWA 

    Project advisor

    Works in urban planning issues facing Kenya & initiating a students network that closes the gap between education and reality - Kenya

    LCC

    International design team

    Works and collaborates on issues related to built form, with a scope from research to design - The Netherlands

    Citilinks

    Local design team

    Consultancy and design partnership dedicated to urbanism, architecture, urban transport and research with a holistic and visionary approach - Kenya

     

    Rodeo Architects

    International design team

    Interdisciplinary architectural practice that has established itself in the overlap between design, strategy, and research - Norway

    Avanti Architecture

    Local design team

    International design studio operating within the fields of architecture, urbanism, research and development. AVANTI’s architecture emerges out of a careful analysis of how contemporary life constantly evolves and changes - Kenya

    DASUDA

    Project partner

    Dutch Alliance for Sustainable Urban Development in Africa - The Netherlands

    DOEN

    Sponsor

    Supports committed entrepeneurs with sustainable, cultural and socially-engaged initiatives towards a green, socially-inclusive and creative society. DOEN offers these people financial support and brings them together to connect them - The Netherlands

    UN-Habitat

    Sponsor

    Together we organised a Minecraft workshop with the community. The designs that were created, are now being implemented with the help of UN-Habitat.

  • Making Cities Together documents & links

    Public spaces are the drivers in urban development in Nairobi & world wide.

    Download now!

    Dandora Transformation League, KUWA, International New Town Institute, DOEN, UN-Habitat and Placemakers

    The Inventory was conducted in collaboration with the Technical University of Kenya and was exhibited at the N-Aerus 15th International Conference in Brussels, 27-29 November 2014. "Real Change?, exploring and assessing ways to co-produce knowledge for tangible transformations in the cities of the South."

    Social and spatial research of a selection of the public spaces was done by interdisciplinary teams of sociologists, urban designers, planners and architects of the University of Nairobi, Centre for Urban Research and Innovations.

    Presentation of the upscaling strategy Must Seed in the neighborhood Dandora. 

    Design team: Mustard Seeds, Citilinks, Avanti Architecture, Land + Civilization Compositions and Rodeo Architects.

    Jeevanjee Gardens are in rehabilitation, here you will find the presentation of tactical urbanism: undesigning, trial and error, testing of strategy, participatory processes to make the city more responsive to its use. 
    Design team: Urban Codes, Cave, KUWA and METASITU. 

    Lab outcome: Korogocho's streets

    The final presentation of the Korogocho team: By involving not only youth but also women and elderly intensely use the streets it is possible to create a safer environment. Getting people out of their safe houses and shared alleyways is essential to create a successful public space.

    Design team: Hoperaisers, Cave, Paul Currion, Boogertman+Partners, Bantu Studio and Ma3Route.

    Placemaking Design Lab's process, participants and images. 

    Naivasha, Kenya, 17 June 2015 - Kenya’s Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development is conducting a series of consultation workshops with all the 47 county governments to validate the draft National Urban Development Policy (NUDP). UN-Habitat is supporting this process as part of its support to the Kenya Municipal Programme.

    The proposed Master Plan will integrate all the existing Master Plans of various infrastructures within the city of Nairobi and its surrounding. Infrastructure to be included is urban transport, railway, airport, power, water supply, sewerage, telecommunication and solid waste management.

    Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero and UN-Habitat Executive Director Joan Clos launched the Jeevanjee Gardens Public Space Project on 24 February 2014. This project is a component and demonstration activity of the larger “Nairobi Revitalizing Public Spaces” Project, a joint cooperation of the Nairobi City County and UN-Habitat.

    International Conference Forum Heading Habitat III.

    Central hub of the global Placemaking movement, connecting people to ideas, expertise, and partners who share a passion for creating vital places.

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