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IEAP - 1407
Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology / ke Kenya
1 members
Moses Kandu

Project type:
Residencial Colectiva


The aim of this project was to plan and design an affordable housing scheme that meets the government’s Big Four Agenda pillar of providing dignified housing for all as human right in Kenya. The project is located in Juja Town, Kiambu County. The affordability of the housing scheme is enhanced by the ease of access to amenities such as schools, shopping centres and work places. Locally sourced building materials, technology (E.g.: through a modular design), and minimal wastage of resources further increase its viability as a low cost housing scheme.

Through a careful analysis of the demographics, density, housing units of the urban area, I strived to make sure that the housing project was not a homogeneous project. It has apartment buildings, which is one typology, townhouses, which are another typology, and incremental housing, which is the third typology.

This housing project, with two edges facing the street, shares an intimate interface with the it. The relatively low scale of the buildings and oblique angle to the street further enhance this relationship. Permeability is also a crucial part in the success of the project. Located near a large mall and a major transport corridor, the Thika Superhighway, the project offered an ideal opportunity for a housing scheme that reflects porosity. It has a public market and a kindergarten along its edge. In addition, the project is pedestrian-friendly by limiting vehicles to the central parking space and by the market in the periphery.

In an attempt to enhance the sustainability of the project, an efficient storm-water management system was incorporated into the project. All storm-water is collected in a retention pond located at the centre of the public park. The water is held in the pond for irrigation use during the lengthy dry seasons. The retention pond is not only a water reserve, but also a recreation area for residents through activities such as fishing and kayaking.

In conclusion, achieving affordability is the ability of a housing scheme to spur economic growth by creating jobs, amplifying climate resilience, fostering social cohesion and cultural diversity. This project responds to the spatial needs, lifestyle and culture in an efficient way while championing the use of local low cost housing technologies in the hope of changing the outlook of housing in Africa.

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