Re-Entitling Women of Manyatta
LOCATION | KISUMU, KENYA
As a result of limited access to formal jobs in Kisumu (Kenya), women have carved out a formidable position for themselves in the informal economy sector of Kisumu. Our research highlights the connections between traditional and everyday use of space and the urban planning which will need to go hand in hand for the urbanization of Kisumu. Our research highlights the connections between traditional and everyday use of space and the urban planning which will need to go hand in hand for the urbanization of Kisumu.
collaborative effort | Columbia University, Millennium Cities Initiative, CORDAID, Maseno University
URBAN PLANNING | WOMEN EMPOWERMENT I INFORMAL ECONOMY
The culture, lifestyle, and history of colonization is seen have a critical impact on the economy and gender roles observed in Kisumu
The women of Manyatta find themselves playing an indispensable role in running their own household raising children, which limit their work-roles outside the homes just to informal economy
Interaction of women with the public realm is hence driven by the lack of space and the necessity of using limited and constrained public space
This project has identified a unique dynamic between women, land occupation and socio-economic conditions. Design propose developments to be owned and maintained by a 'women’s collective'.
To empower women, the project aims to transform land through an inclusionary SEZ, emphasizing the importance of the scales and nature of social spaces that facilitate collective densification of Manyatta
Through design, existing infrastructure is identified and brought together for efficient utilization, but within a appropriate physical regulatory framework for growth.
Open space is critical to the way Manyatta’s development is envisioned. In order to achieve the appropriate variety of social-economic spaces. A framework for women-centric form-based zoning has been proposed.based on this.
These socio-economic spaces are defined by cluster sizes and respond to the density of activities within them. The proposed building typology corresponds to characteristics of the road in its proximity too. Development of the ground space responds to activities and facilities in multiple ways - enhancement of economic productivity, and integration with family activities.
The design included better spaces where women sell and work can increase productivity, promote a healthier and economically strengthened lifestyle, and provide an environment for women's families and the community at large