Research Associate helps Kenya slum dwellers

Proposed community centre design

College Research Associate Dr Maximilian Bock is part of a team helping to build a community centre in one of Kenya’s biggest and oldest slums.

Dr Bock, who is from the University's Department of Architecture, is working with the people of Mathare 3A, a Nairobi slum. The community centre will be built using participatory design. This is a process where the local people suggest what the building should be used for, and what it should be made of. They will also help construct and manage the building.

The project is being co-ordinated by UN-Habitat, a UN organisation that promotes socially and environmentally sustainable urban settlements. This is the first time that UN-Habitat has worked with a university on a project like this, and it is hoped that it will be a model for future projects.

For more details see the University research news.

11 August 2015