Mainstreaming “Adaptive Standards For Multi-Purpose Interior Design” In Low-Cost Housing Projects. A Case Study Of The Kibera Soweto East Housing Project In Nairobi, Kenya
Njeru, Grace W
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The Kibera Soweto East Housing Project was developed under the Kenya Slum Upgrading Programme (KENSUP) whose main objective was to improve the housing conditions of the residents of Kibera through the construction of 822 low-cost formal houses. However, phase one did not take into consideration the adaptive standards for multi-purpose room occupancy as prescribed under the KS Building Code, 2009 thus negatively impacting the recommended habitability standards of the Kenya Slum Upgrading Programme. This study therefore sought to establish the adaptive standards for multi-purpose interior design in Kenya as well as assess the extent to which the Kenya Slum Upgrading Programme has applied them. The research design was the case study model where the research employed the collection and analysis of qualitative data obtained through examination of documents, interviews and observations. The study was carried out at The Kibera Soweto East Housing Project, Kenya and its residents plus the professionals involved in the project as the respondents. The output was the recommendation of three strategies for the improvement of future slum upgrading housing programme which include employment of the open plan concept by combining the living room and kitchen into one big space, elimination of corridors to create more space for other rooms and installation of sliding doors instead of hinged doors. When spaces created for low-cost housing are not up to standard as prescribed under the code, the living standards and quality of life and of the residents living in these particular houses are negatively affected.
University of Nairobi
SubjectLow-Cost Housing Projects
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