Kounkuey Design Initiative (KDI) partners with residents of impoverished areas to develop and implement design solutions that improve physical, economic, and social quality of life. We call the low-cost, high impact environments we create Productive Public Spaces.
With the recent launch of KPSP05 and KPSP06, the network of Productive Public Spaces in Kibera, Nairobi has now grown to six! In March 2014, KDI celebrated the opening of the St. Anthony Trailer Park PPS in the Eastern Coachella Valley, California - KDI's first US-based project. Our second project in the Eastern Coachella Valley, a 5-acre site that co-locates art, transportation, and public space in the community of North Shore, was named one of 97 finalists (out of 1270 letters of inquiry) by ArtPlace America for their 2014 Creative Placemaking grants.
Interested in improving water and sanitation in Kibera? Visit our online map-based tool WATSAN Portal: Kibera, which allows users to examine the economic and physical feasibility of making connections to municipal water and sewerage infrastructure. Learn more about the work we do and meet our team in this great video introduction to KDI. Finally, we wouldn't be able to get any of this work done with out the help of our many supporters. One of which, The Help Company, donates a portion of their profits to KDI!