01-04-2015 Since this year Naomi works as a Kenyan Liaison for INTI (the International New Town Institute) at the ‘New New Towns Nairobi’ program. She organises research and knowledge exchange activities that strengthens and develops the network in Nairobi. Nairobi is one of the four cities where INTI develops a research and education program for the City of Almere which is organising the Horticulture World Expo Floriade ‘Growing Green Cities’ in 2022. Within the theme ‘Feeding’ research questions will be explored about food productions, distribution, consumption and waste disposal regarding to urbanization issues.
INTI is a world-wide think-and-do-tank dedicated to improving the quality of global urban development, with a focus on New Towns (i.e. planned communities) built in the 20th and 21st Century. The ‘New New Towns program; Why we need to rethink the city of tomorrow today’ is a multi-year project of INTI aiming to develop and exchange knowledge about the urban planning of New Towns, involving local and international stakeholders. Next to Nairobi, INTI is focusing on seven other cities in different continents: Shenzhen (China), Chandigarh (India), Accra/Tema (Ghana), Cape Town (South Africa), Curitiba (Brazil) and Havana (Cuba). The New Town Almere (Netherlands), where INTI is based, functions as the 8th city within this program, adding the expertise and the experience of the Netherlands to the project.