Cities For All

Finalist

Playground

Wei Hanyu, Cui Meng, Deng Ke
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Education inequity is commonly existed in African countries. In Kenya, families stop sending their children to school after finishing the free primary education, which could avoid extra education expenditure and obtain income by selling child labour or child prostitution. According to The Standard of Kenya, there are 16% of primary school graduates losing their opportunities of secondary education per year in Kenya. Moreover, in the past one year, the outbreak of Covid-19 led to permanent closure of at least 133 private secondary schools, which forced more students to drop out of school. Secondary education in Kenya includes developing students’ learning ability, hobbies and perceiving of different careers. Practical skills (e.g. farming skill) are also considered as an important part. Besides, necessities of life (meals, sanitary products) are supplied in some of schools. Out-of-school youth enjoy none of them, instead, they enter the society before ready. In contrast, public universities are holding richer and more stable resources in terms of both education and material. Therefore, to tackle such problem of inequity, the project opens up the campus of University of Nairobi to public and inserts an approachable space at the central lawn, which welcomes out-of-school youth from the society and makes interaction between them and university students (and staff) possible. Responding to the education resources absence of these children and teenagers, ‘name of project’ provides spaces with different ‘interaction granularity’ (namely level of social tension), promoting multiple sharing actions (giving information, teaching knowledges, evoking talks, book donation and etc.). Some physical helps are also available in the site (life’s necessities hand-out, second hand market and etc.). This scheme also takes into account the holiday mode. Extend the exhibition hall, by turning the display stands. The host university will have to take the responsibility of site maintaining.

Urban Design, Architecture
social justice
building
Kenya