Our final day was quickly upon us and began with the six presentations from our case study champions. These covered a couple of bold pedestrianisation schemes; a road re-prioritisation concept; the road conflict case I mentioned in the previous blog post (pedestrians, cyclists, hawkers and motorised traffic vying for space); an area in Uganda where the construction of a new highway has the potential to harm the local community and market; and a visionary cable car scheme. All clearly demonstrated a new confidence in, and awareness of, how to apply creative methods to help them work through the challenges they were facing with these projects.
To end the workshops, we were asked to write a note of our biggest learning across the week and then the change we will take forward. This was a really positive way to end. I decided that my biggest learning was gaining an understanding of Nairobi and its transport systems. I hope the city can maintain its uniqueness while also tackling some of its challenges like road safety and pollution. The change I plan to take forward is to reflect on my own use of creative methods. We use a good range of creative methods at ESP, but my eyes have been opened to the benefits of expanding this further. I’m also keen to keep being imaginative in the design of keep new methods.
The group photo almost brought proceedings to an end, but an energetic group song and dance really did the trick!We all left on a high before a few of us managed to dash off to feed some giraffes and spot lions before our flight home.