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Kounkuey Design Initiative (KDI) is a non-profit design and community development organization. We partner with under-resourced communities to advance equity and activate the unrealized potential in their neighborhoods and cities. We realize this mission through advocacy, research, planning, and built works.

 

KDI works with community members to improve social, economic and physical conditions in diverse settings: from urban informal settlements in Kenya to rural farmworker communities in the US. We have also worked in urban and rural settings in Morocco, Mexico, Haiti and Ghana.

 

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Project Updates

Nuestro Lugar / North Shore Park

The 5-acre Productive Public Space in North Shore, CA, is nearing completion - with the lighting, soccer field, community bike room, water table, and skate park finished. The project, called Nuestro Lugar, will open with a grand ceremony in October 2018!

 

Research in Argentina

KDI is leading research on gender and urban design to analyze the unique challenges women and gender minorities face in the public sphere in partnership with the World Bank, the Argentine Ministerio del Interior, and Harvard Graduate School of Design students. The research findings will be presented in a report later this year.

 

Usalama Youth Reform

The youth group at KPSP04 are setting up a “boda boda” motorbike taxi business to help people get around Kibera more easily! Over the summer they’ve been attending computer classes to learn essential business skills and learning to ride motorbikes safely. Wish them luck for their driving exams!

 

Oasis Park

Eastern Coachella Valley

Nuestro Lugar

Eastern Coachella Valley

Play Streets

Los Angeles

Anwa Academy

Kibera

Gendering Urban Development

Southern California

Play Streets

Los Angeles