brick making
bridge building
community bike ride
community built garden
community clean up
North Shore Pavillion
Community Workshop
mobile engagement cart
play streets
urban flooding workshop

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.

Project Updates

Andolo Productive Public Space (KPSP10): 

Together, KDI and Andolo residents are developing ideas for a new Productive Public Space – the 9th in our Kibera Public Space Network – that will help achieve their dream of a safe environment, community cohesion, and increased income opportunities. As design workshops get underway, residents recently completed a massive cleanup at the site and elected a Leadership Committee to steer the project forward towards their dream for the future.


Play Streets: In April 2018, KDI and residents of Boyle Heights, LA held the first ever Play Streets event with our brand-new Box Of Play! It contains a fleet of “Wobbles” – custom-built portable play elements that physically transform streets from car-kingdoms to play-paradises. Children, teens, adults and seniors engaged in play of all kinds, from building with blocks and playing card games, to using the Wobbles as rocking chairs, seesaws and obstacle courses. Feedback from residents was hugely positive, and we made it into The New York Times!



Brick Making


Community Bike Ride

North Shore

Community Built Garden

Eastern Coachella Valley

Community Pavillion

North Shore

Fall Fiesta


Mobile Engagement Cart

Southern California

Play Streets

Los Angeles