| Catalogue of training and information tools on community participation in human settlements |
PRODUCED BY: DEPARTMENT OF ARCHITECTURE AND HOUSING RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT UNIT, UNIVERSITY OF NAIROBI, KENYA, 1982.
AVAILABLE FROM: UNESCO, POPULATION AND HUMAN SETTLEMENTS DIVISION, 7 PLACE DE FONTENOY, 75700 PARIS, FRANCE.
NUMBER OF PAGES: 134
This report is the result of a joint effort of the Department of Architecture and the Housing Research and Development Unit (HRDU), University of Nairobi, Kenya. It documents the contents of a training course on urban housing and community development for architecture students, reflecting a growing emphasis in architecture courses on involving students in real-life problems of communities. Central to this training course is the practical fieldwork carried out with the residents of Kabiro, a low-income urban community in Nairobi.
Taking Kabiro community as a case study, the students' task was to present a proposal to improve the environment of Kabiro by consolidating the dwellings and upgrading basic infrastructure and services. They carried out a user and physical survey and analysed the data collected on site. Community discussions were conducted to identify the residents' priorities and to formulate a framework for project planning.
The contents of the report cover all training stages: that is, students' advance preparation, the lecture course outlines, a discussion agenda, a case study, survey methods and results, as well as the students' plans and design proposals for the future development of Kabiro. The appendix provides a full set of student handouts, course programmes, field-survey instruction sheets, briefs for various assignments, a reading list and a bibliography.
This report is not a 'how-to-do-it' training manual; however, it would be useful to anyone providing retraining courses for housing professionals whose formal training did not include a practical planning component for sites-and-services and/or upgrading schemes with a focus on participatory community development. The content, format and training exercises provide an example of how training involving the community might be structured.