TWENTYELEVEN // Slum upgrading - graduation project, Avans University of Applied Sciences & University of Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya, 2011
(in collaboration with Chris Idema)
For the slums of Nairobi, Kenya, we developed a new way of building by collaborating with a community of 52 families, 15 businesses and 3 workshops.
A requirement was that the historical culture of the people that live in the slum would be sustained. This is why the western ideal had to be let go in the design process.
The existing norms and values were integrated in an organized structure. This formed the basis for the idea of a flexible and adjustable design, which would improve the conditions of living in the slum. With this plan, parents and, in particular, children could spend more time and energy on their development.