KOUNKUEY DESIGN INITIATIVE (KDI) transforms impoverished communities by collaborating with residents to create low-cost, high-impact built environments (Productive Public Spaces) that improve their daily lives. Begun in 2006, KDI is an innovative international partnership specializing in the practices of architecture, landscape architecture, engineering, and urban planning. KDI believes that participatory planning and design are key to sustainable development.
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According to a 2013 report by the United Nations Development Program, there are roughly one million unemployed young women in Kenya, who cannot find work in the formal or the jua kali (informal) sector. Given this massive problem, Bora Wear's goal is to sell production knowledge to motivated groups of girls, so they can develop their own manufacturing facilities of 5-10 individuals, what we call micro-manufacturing. Our focus is to make these groups both self-sustaining and capable of producing consistently high quality products.
The project consists of running co-design workshops with people with mental health problems. These workshops entail design-led methods that enable patient-need mapping and idea generation to address those needs. The workshops have a duration of 6 weeks and guide participants through models, brainstorming and role plays to help participants identifie problems and create design outcomes to address them.