Chelina Odbert is Co-founder and Principal of Kounkuey Design Initiative. KDI is an innovative partnership specializing in the practice of architecture, landscape architecture, and urban planning in areas where environmental degradation compromises quality of life. Chelina co-founded KDI in 2006, while in graduate school. Since then she has worked with community members in the slum of Kibera, Nairobi to design and implement a network of "Productive Public Spaces" (PPS) — open spaces that link physical upgrading to micro-enterprise and social empowerment. The PPS Network has won several international awards and was recently featured as part of the Smithsonian’s Design with the Other 90%: CITIES. She has been invited to speak about her work at universities around the globe and has written about it for Forbes and the forthcoming book, Emergent Urbanism. In 2007, along with partner Jennifer Toy, Chelina was awarded the Van Alen Institute New York Prize for her contribution to public architecture and design. Chelina has also worked on participatory planning and design projects in India, Brazil, Honduras, and the United States. She earned her BA Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Claremont McKenna College. She completed her Masters of Urban Planning at Harvard University. In her spare time she enjoys traveling and eating.
Kibera Proyecto del Espacio Público (KPSP) es una red de espacios públicos q transforma de manera sostenible a las comunas más grandes de los barrios marginales de África. El planeamiento de la sustentabilidad ambiental, social y económica llevó al concepto de espacio público productivo. Espacios q eran vertederos de basura son reconstruidos a través de un proceso impulsado por la comunidad p/ mitigar los riesgos ambientales, proporcionar servicios, y desarrollar empresas q financian el mantenimiento de dicho espacio. Los esp. púb. incluyen jardín, salones, sala de juegos y acceso al agua.
É uma rede de espaços públicos q transforma comunidades da maior favela da África de forma sustentável. Para melhorar verdadeiramente a qualidade de vida os projetos devem igualmente planejar comunidades p/ a sustentabilidade ambiental, social e econômica. Esse entendimento levou ao conceito de Espaços Públicos de Resíduos em Espaços Públicos Produtivos: lixões são reconstruídos através de um processo conduzido pela comunidade p/ mitigar os riscos ambientais, proporcionar conforto e desenvolver as empresas que financiam a manutenção do local.
Kibera Public Space Project (KPSP) is a network of public spaces that sustainably transforms communities in Africa’s largest slum. Residents have taught us that housing alone isn’t enough. To TRULY improve quality of life projects must equally plan for the environmental, social & economic sustainability of a community. This understanding led to the concept of Productive Public Space-waste spaces like dumps rebuilt through a community-driven process to mitigate environmental hazards, provide amenities, & develop enterprises that fund site maintenance.