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.
The Passive House Prototype features affordable housing that uses 50 - 75% less energy than houses in a similar location. They are attractive, compact and sustainable, and can be constructed in 12 weeks. They represent a powerful opportunity for decent home ownership for those who had no prior hope.