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World Student Community for Sustainable Development (WSCSD)

This competition was organised in partnership with RED Engineering and held in Nairobi in 2012. It was aimed at engaging students to undertake a feasibility study for design of the most energy efficient and sustainable (low/zero carbon) mixed-use neighbourhood development possible with the aim of gradually reducing net CO2 emissions to zero while addressing sustainability measures in regards to energy, water and solid waste.

Three multidisciplinary student teams from the University of Nairobi (UoN), Multimedia University College (MMU) – (Kenya); and a combination of Ethiopian Institute of Architecture, Building Construction and City  Development (EiABC) – (Ethiopia) and Center for Environmental Planning & Technology University (CEPT) – (India) were created.

This competition provided a capacity-base for the students to be involved in activities aimed at retrofitting their campus buildings and infrastructure towards resource efficiency. It has inspired the development of an Education for Sustainable Design Program being piloted by WSCSD-Kenya.

Download the Low Carbon Neighbourhood Design Competition document