brick making
bridge building
community bike ride
community built garden
community clean up
North Shore Pavillion
Community Workshop
community workshop
mobile engagement cart
play streets
urban flooding workshop

Kounkuey Design Initiative (KDI) is a non-profit design and community development organization, that partners with underserved communities in the US, Africa, and Latin America to physically transform communities and in the process, improve environmental, economic, and social quality of life.

Project Updates

Summer at KDI is off to a busy start! We recently welcomed a great group of Engineers Without Borders volunteers to our Kenya office. Over the next few months they will be hard at work on our Productive Public Learning Space and our IDEO Amplify Challenge on Urban Flooding. The Kibera Public Space Project looks forward to the opening of the 8th public space in the network, in the fall! Los Angeles has had an equally active summer. The team is wrapping up work on the Southern California GO HUMAN Campaign which brought 6 dynamic open streets events to cities across the southland. We are also in the final months of our LA Play Streets Pilot Program done in partnership with LADOT and the Mayor’s Great Streets Initiative. The Los Angeles team is looking forward to the fall when construction of our 5-acre Productive Public Space in North Shore California, will begin. Stay tuned to our Facebook page for photos!

KDI is in the news! Read about us in the New York Times, in NEXT CITY, and in ENSIA.



Brick Making


Community Bike Ride

North Shore

Community Built Garden

Eastern Coachella Valley

Community Pavillion

North Shore

Fall Fiesta


Community Workshop

North Shore

Mobile Engagement Cart

Southern California

Play Streets

Los Angeles