Change by Design: Building Communities Through Participatory Design

This report documents a two-week action research workshop, Change by Design, undertaken in Nairobi, Kenya from 19th June – 1st July 2011. The workshop was developed and coordinated under the banner of Architecture Sans Frontieres (ASF), in partnership with the Pamoja Trust, a Kenyan NGO, and the Housing Policy Section of UN-HABITAT.
The principal focus underpinning the workshop was an exploration of the opportunities and limitations of integrated community-led participatory design for responsive slum upgrading in Kenya, and the degree to which this community-led approach could not only build an improved physical environment but also recognise the social production of space; empower slum dwellers to be active agents of change; and build socially, economically, and environmentally sustainable communities.

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