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Welcome at Placemakers’ public space event at HabitatIII

Placemakers will host an event that is part of the Pop-Up Public Space series at Habitat III. Habitat III is the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development to take place in Quito, Ecuador, from 17 – 20 October 2016.

Making Cities Together: placemaking in emerging countries
When: Tuesday 18 October 2016, 17.00 PM – 18.00 PM
Location: ONE UN Pavilion
Organised by: KUWA urban spaces and Placemakers

During the event, we will promote developing people-centred public spaces through placemaking in emerging countries by showcasing our project ‘Making Cities Together’ in Nairobi, Kenya. We will organise a small ‘Fail Fair’…sharing failures (and also successes) to learn from participatory processes in urban development. 

Background information Making Cities Together (MCT)
MCT began with an inventory of existing placemaking and public space initiatives across the city. This helped demystify Nairobi’s socio-spatial ecosystem, and highlighting the successes and pitfalls. Building on what is already happening, and partnering with movers and shakers on the ground, MCT developed strategies aimed at up-scaling the existing Placemaking initiatives. Through our placemaking circular method consisting of research, design, implementation and maintenance activities, we developed tailor made strategies and demonstrated a pilot project, a re-imagined street in a declined neighbourhood. The selected ‘Must Seed’ strategy was developed as a step-by-step strategy to build on the successes of the local grassroots organization and scale-up the interventions done by the youth from the courtyards to the streets and eventually the whole neighborhood. As a starting point to implement the placemaking strategy, MCT project team has taken up the design and realization of a ‘model street’. 

MCT is initiated by: The International New Town Institute (NL), the International Federation of Housing and Planning (DK) and Placemakers(NL) and grown into a movement of stakeholders in the field of placemaking. 

Demonstration project partners:  our local partner on the ground ‘Dandora Transformation league’ (DTL), the Making Cities Together design team and other involved partners, including UN-Habitat, Nairobi City County, DOEN Foundation, the Academia, the private sector. 

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