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Dwelling on Waste

ON SITE IN KIANDA, ONE OF THE 12 VILLAGES IN AFRICA’S LARGEST SLUM - KIBERA, NAIROBI.

Dwelling on Waste seeks to address problems of poor housing, flooding, pollution, sanitation and residential rights through better utilising Kianda's most abundant resource - waste plastic. 


Through the implementation of modular sorting stations rubbish can be sorted and up-cycled into bricks. These can then be bought by residents looking to rebuild their expensive and rust prone crrugated steel shacks, which need updating every 3-5 years. 


The bricks would also be used to build an interactive flood barrier on the southern edge of Kianda. In addition to keeping out floods, the wall would facilitate water purification for subsistence agriculture, create nodes for public space with bridges, steps and landscape furniture. 


Starting with formalising the management of waste, Kianda can be transformed into a safe, clean, and permanent community recognised by Nairobi’s municipality.

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