After the UN lab in May 2014 and research on public urban spaces since, the implementation of the ‘MUST SEED’ strategy on creating a “Model Street is in the stages of implementation.

The partners (Placemakers, Cave and Kuwa) and the community engaged in continuous design thinking and Minecraft workshops to collaboratively design the rather neglected street into a model Street that would depict an ideal public space that could meet the social, economic, and recreational needs of the community serving all age groups. The first building party marked the beginning of the implementation process of the making cities together project.

The building party is a concept that is part of the must seed strategy that basically entails creating a fun interactive approach to unify the community through music, food and conversations as they engage in various activities along the street. The main activities formulated through the interactive workshops include tree planting to introduce more greenery into the locality, cleaning of the streets; this included the pathways, roads and drainage systems so as to ensure the environment was not only safe but hygienic and painting of exterior facades of structures facing the street so as to introduce colour and give the street its own unique identity. The Flag making exercise conducted by Fatuma from Placemaker’s aimed to decorate and mark areas of the streets that the building party was occurring. The building party is mainly initiated and spearheaded by the community as their main role is to own the positive changes occurring in the street.  During the overall process various members from the Making Cities Together team get to interact one on one with the locals for general feedback which is monumental to ensure each step so as to ensure that the building party is geared towards the total benefit of Dandora phase 2 community members.


1 Making Cities Together team and Dandora phase 2 locals waiting for lunch as they interact with each other.



 The first building party occurred on 11th June and started at 10:30am. The first agenda of the day was registration of community members into the different activities that suited their preference.  Brent Kokonya from Kuwa and a volunteer, Diana Kimari conducted this activity while ensuring the all the necessary information concerning the day was well delivered to the community.


2 From the Left:( Fatuma Tari ( Placemakers), Brent Kokonya (Kuwa) and Diana Kimari (Volunteer) interacting with the children at the registration desk.



The painting session started at 11am, led by Kabage from Cave. The go down artists and the local artists were given a set of triangle drawings to accurately map on the wall facades at the first gateway location .First stage of painting included marking the designs with chalk so as to creatively and accurately integrate the triangles on the wall so as to enhance the triangular gate-way design as per cave’s architectural drawing. . The artists eventually encountered a slight problem since some landlords were not comfortable with having their facades painted leading to a few walls being successfully marked. This set back caused a slight delay to the painting schedule. Though overall it set a creative momentum of how the designs on the wall will look like and allowed the artists to mingle and learn how to work as a team.

At around, 11:30am, Fatuma from Placemakers successfully managed to gather and register a team of around ten ladies from the community.  The successfully managed to cut out some African print material and sew them into tiny flags joined together by a rope which will be used to decorate the model street to set an exciting mood and energy for the building party. The flags would also be used to mark sections of Model Street to show that it is transitioning into a more vibrant urban public space.

The tree planting was also occurring co-currently with the other activities. The tree planting was being facilitated by Sophia from the UN Habitat. The local residents helped choose spots of preference and dug the holes for the trees.  Sophia afterwards taught the community how to plant and take care of the trees. She planted three trees and let the community take over and put into practice as there were thirty trees in total to be planted. 

The day was an overall success. It set the right momentum and attracted more community members to join for the next one. As the first stages of implementation it showed the high potential of success as the community was spearheading most of the activities. The community members attend to these activities the whole day. This marked the beginning of the model street blossoming.  


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