The project's comprehensive upgrading strategy is a unique combination of effective engineering and design, participatory urban planning, integrated livelihoods programming, innovative digital planning technologies and renewable energy and water management.
The various unit sizes are determined by affordability and user demand and are designed to receive government issued "fit-for-purpose' certificates that allow residents immediate access to dignified habitation. The distribution of existing living units to two floors ensures that no resident is displaced in the upgrade, it also results in 50% saving in land area and associated infrastructure costs.
New digital planning tools have been developed to allow planners to optimise layouts based on predefined parameters and resident inputs: preferential neighbours, unit sizes, affordability, location. The choice of cluster neighbours minimizes disruption and maintains existing social cohesion.
In the previous feature, we highlighted the Best Practice transfer initiative in local implementation, urban redevelopment and redesign of urban spaces. The project 'Courtyard System for Management of Public Spaces' entails an innovative community-driven approach for the rehabilitation and management of public and semi public spaces is being implemented by the Dandora Transformation League (DTL) in Nairobi, Kenya.