Nairobi Ecological Pavilion

To project transformative and innovative sustainable constructions, systems and ideas, Yale CEA is collaborating with UN Environment on an exhibition of future building materials, systems and environmental strategies. The centerpiece of the exhibition is a unique pavilion, entirely 3D printed, and made of biodegradable bamboo, designed by the internationally renowned firm SHoP Architects. This installation demonstrates strategies for solving the global environmental and human crises associated with housing insecurity. Beyond the structure itself, other featured systems showcase construction materials from post-agricultural waste such as coconut, bamboo, rice, corn, and even cultured fungal mycelia. 


The program also features modules, components and small-scale demonstrations for energy systems, water purification systems, and sensors to monitor the environmental conditions of the structure. In one such demonstration, Yale CEA collaborated with the Yale School of Engineering and Applied Science to advance building-integrated, solar-driven water collection and purification. At the UNEA-4 and UN- Habitat International Assemblies, we showcased a prototype Solar Enclosure for Water Re-Use (SEWR), which used plant-based dyes developed at Yale Chemical and Environmental Engineering. Both to purify water for drinking, and to indicate the safety of a water supply. 


Further to the UN partnership, The Ecological Pavilion project scaffolds a collaboration with the University of Nairobi’s Department of Architecture and Building Science. After a ten week residence at UNEP Headquarters, the pavilion has been moved to it’s permanent location on the grounds of the A.D.D. building, just off State House Road.

The Nairobi Ecological Pavilion is currently exhibited at the University of Nairobi in Kenya.

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Nairobi Ecological PavilionTeams

Yale CEA: Anna Dyson, Hind Wildman, Nick Novelli, Naomi Keena, Mohamed Aly Etman, Jefferson Ellinger, Mandi Pretorius, Sheldon McLoed, George Graham, Phoebe Mankiewicz, Christopher Preusch, Marshall James

Yale School of Engineering & Applied Science: Jaehong Kim, Eric Ryberg

SHoP Architects: Chris Sharples, Rebecca Caillouet

University of Nairobi: Department of Architecture and Building Science: Musau Kimeu, Joseph Samson Mukeku

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