Urban Design

Through MCI’s partnership with the Earth Institute’s Urban Design Lab (UDL), we were able to respond to the urgent requests of local government to help re-imagine a more productive and more fully functional future for a number of impoverished communities within the Millennium Cities of Accra and Kumasi, Ghana’s two largest urban centers. In Accra in 2011, UDL and MCI worked in the vibrant market neighborhood of Nima and the historic but severely deteriorated seaside community of Ga Mashie; for the volume-length Urban Development in Accra, Ghana: An Implementation Toolkit.

In 2012, we turned our collaborative attention to Kumasi, in partnership with the architecture and planning departments of the city’s famed Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST). The work focused on three poor communities then constituting the Kumasi sub-metro of Asawase: Akorem, Adukrom and Sawaba, now all part of a new municipality, Asokore Mampong, where our ideas were welcomed by government authorities and formalized in the publication entitled Re-Cultivating the Garden City of Kumasi,