Korogocho Streetscapes is in different ways working with the transformation and development of the public space through participatory methods, in urban planning terms called “Placemaking”. Placemaking is a multi-faceted approach to the planning, design and management of public spaces. Placemaking capitalizes on a local community’s assets, inspiration, and potential, with the intention of creating public spaces that promote people’s health, happiness, and well being. It is political due to the nature of place identity. Placemaking is both a process and a philosophy and Korogocho Streetscapes tryis to combine them through the various activities that is boosted within the public spaces and the streetscapes, such as Talking Walls, Sport activities on the street, Pop-up music events, Open Streets and many others.
In 2016 we extended the ”Open Street project” to a street in downtown Nairobi. During the seven days ”Placemakingweek Nairobi”, initiated by UN-Habitat and Nairobi City County, we preformed activities including painting of the street, football tournaments, rollerskating, temporary furniture, open air concerts, graffiti and talking walls.
Placemakingweek Nairobi is dedicated to celebrate Public Spaces in Kenya and specifically Nairobi. Urban open spaces are the fronts for interaction between man, land and built form. This event will bring together placemakers and users for discussion on how well public spaces can and will be sustained within the framework of the New Urban Agenda..
Quality public spaces are excellent entry point to improve the standard of urban life for all citizens, the week is therefore anchored within the New Urban Agenda and moving from theory and putting it into practice for sustainable development.
Article: http://www.sutp.org/en/news-reader/nairobi-placemaking-week-for-our-public-spaces.html (SUTP)