Green Infrastructure Solutions for Urban Flooding in Kibera, Nairobi, Kenya

Kounkuey Design Initiative Global, 2017-18

Liaison(s): Chelina Odbert, Joe Mulligan, Vera Bukachi
Advisor(s): Ziyad Duron
Students(s): Isabel King (TL-F), Camille Croll (TL-S), Manu Kondapi, Andrea Vasquez (F), Eric Contee II (F), Eliana Goehring (S)

Kibera is a large informal settlement in Nairobi, Kenya where annual flash flooding causes significant health, economic, and structural problems in the community. Current drainage infrastructure consists of informal channels that are not designed to handle the volume of water that falls during large rain events. The objective of this project is to work with the community to develop practical design improvements for the existing drainage channels that can be implemented in Kibera, to improve quality of life for residents.