09-05-2015 For Placemakers, Naomi organised the Placemaking Design Lab that took place at the UN complex and the August 7 Memorial Park in Nairobi. The aim was to develop three strategies to improve public spaces in Nairobi: a park in the city centre, court yards in a neighbourhood and streets in an informal settlement.
It was an intense week with case study presentations, field trips, workshops, a business event and on Friday the final presentations during a public event at Naipolitans’ platform at the August 7 Memorial Park – a beautiful little park right in Nairobi city centre. After a week of co-creation, three strategies were presented to the public during a well attended meeting with more then 140 people on a rainy evening.
The scaling up strategy from the court yards, to the streets to the whole of Dandora was selected for implementation at the end of this year.
It was organised by the ‘Making Cities Together’ project partners Placemakers, International Federation of Housing and Planning and the International New Town Institute in close partnership with UN-HABITAT, Dutch Alliance for Sustainable Urban Development in Africa, the Technical University of Kenya, University of Nairobi and co-supported by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The lab brought together various actors in public space including the local government, private sector, NGO’s, community groups, citizens and experts from Kenya and across the world.