On 11th March 2015, partners in the ‘Making Cities Together’ project i.e. Placemakers, New Town Institute & IFHP launched a place making research project in collaboration with the University of Nairobi. The research objective is to gain an in-depth understanding of public life and public space in Nairobi; how Nairobians use and experience public spaces and what physical aspects define the places.
The project seeks to give an understanding of how public spaces are used in three different contexts (The informal settlements (IS), Neighborhoods (NH) and the CBD) and in three different categories (streets, parks, markets, bus stops, squares, etc.). This knowledge will be used by international and local urban professionals to gain understanding about the local context, so they can develop placemaking strategies for the improvement of these specific places.
The potential study sites are;
1. Park; Jeevanjee gardens - NCC (It can also give an opportunity to measure the impact of the interventions by the County government)
2. Street;Korogocho- Hope raisers and Architects without borders
3. Court Yards; Dandora - mustard seed organisation (It can also give an opportunity to measure the impact of the interventions by the County government)
4. Community centers;Kibera - Kounkey Design Initiative
5. Skating park;Sunken Car Park - Skating organisations skate on sundays
6. Playground;Kilimani Project - Kilimani Foundation
The project will involve 18 interdisciplinary students, 6 sociologists, 1 valuer, 6 urban designers/planners, and 6 architects. These students were organized into six groups to cover all the study area sites.
Partners in the Making Cities Together Project: