Exhibition design for the UN-HABITAT’s 23rd Governing Council in Nairobi 

Client: UN-HABITAT, Kenya


The design for the 23rd UN-HABITAT’s Governing Council consists of banners, signs for the entrance, mobile hallway area decorations and placing of central messages in the main area outside the delegate’s conference rooms. Furthermore a shop, book launch area and a opening of a new website was designed.

The logotype for the GC23 was already made, so my task was to add some extra elements in order to create a “vibrant, sustainable, growing city”. The city module can be extended to as many elements as you wish, it doesn’t have a ending.The name of the streets are equivalent to the UN-HABITAT’s core areas. The graphic impression is light and planned and with the use of green and trees it also looks “green” – the way we want future urban development to be.

The people in the graphics that are placed all over the exhibition area sometimes stand out of the surface and appear as human size figures. Blue human profiles, with a statement or a personal opinion, are interacting with the place it is put.


Banners and signs on the street close to the UN and the entrance to the road leading up to the UN complex

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Decorations in the hall way where everybody passes to get to the conference



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Kenya’s President M. Kibaki at the opening of UN-HABITAT’s 23rd Governing Council in Nairobi sitting in front of the design made for the event. Photo : Maiken Thonke


Blue human profiles, with a statement or a personal opinion, are interacting with the place it is put


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Skærmbillede 2014-09-18 kl. 15.56.10 

More photos from the exhibition and the making of it here GC_photos_high


The Governing Council meets every two years to examine UN-HABITAT’s work and relationships with its partners. It is a high-level forum of governments at the ministerial level during which policy guidelines and the organization’s budget are established for the next two-year period.