KDI is a global design and community development non-profit. We partner with under-resourced communities to advance equity and activate the unrealized potential in their neighborhoods and cities through design, planning, research, and advocacy.
Who we are
We are an interdisciplinary team of landscape architects, urban planners, civil engineers, architects, community organizers, and researchers working in Kenya, the US, and around the world across four service areas.
Design + Build
We work with disadvantaged communities to design and build "Productive Public Spaces", integrating critical amenities and green infrastructure to meet social, economic, and environmental needs.
Plan + Program
We help residents advance their long-term visions through planning projects, and design resident-led programs that generate income, energize culture, and build capacity while activating our built works.
Research + Test
We fill clear gaps in knowledge and create a basis for effective and equitable development by working with communities to design and deliver rigorous research projects and test solutions to risk.
Advocate + Educate
We leverage our built work, networks, and research to shape policy alongside communities, governments, and universities. We lecture and write widely on urban resilience and community-engaged design.