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Title: Interiorizing informality: resituating adaptable mixed-use housing within its urban vernacular. Kambi Moto, Nairobi Kenya.
Authors: Kivutha, Kathleen Kwekwe
Supervisor: Beecher, Mary Anne (Interior Design)
Examining Committee: Milgrom, Richard (City Planning) Araya, Ronnie (Center for Architectural Structures & Technology)
Graduation Date: February 2011
Keywords: Informality
vernacularism
interior design
adaptable housing
compact housing
informal settlements
affordance
interiority
Kambi Moto
Nairobi
Kenya
self-built
Issue Date: 20-Oct-2010
Abstract: My Interior Design practicum is an inquiry about the nature of urban informality through the study of present and emerging urban vernaculars within Kambi Moto, an informal area in Nairobi Kenya. I argue that unique vernacular characteristics manifest in everyday living and can be captured through the experience and knowledge of self-builders, entrepreneurs and dwellers within informal settlements. An understanding of these vernacular characteristics is instrumental in the designing of meaningful and effective social housing prototypes. The main methods used to document vernacular characteristics include, post occupancy evaluations (POEs), time diaries, photographs and observation. Within an interior design context, these tools helped describe the spatial needs, wants and desires of the everyday dwellers of Kambi Moto. The four resulting compact housing configurations support one-to-ten member households with provisions for a home-based business (HBB) or a rental unit. All units have an adaptable rooftop with a garden.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1993/4283
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