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    It starts.

    Nkiru Aug 30 '08 2

    After a pre - start of semester weekend on the Texas/ Mexico border with my friend Richie, I’m back in H town. Although the first week was a little structure less (no official tutor/professor to meet, no thickness of timetable to build) I feel my thesis semester has officially begun.

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    I spent time this summer in Lagos, Nigeria researching its market culture. The co dependence of the traders and the citys primarily motor bus based transit system is currently my focus. I suspect this might shift. A double program transit center/city market is lurking in the back of my mind but I am not entirely convinced and at this stage I'm trying to be careful of jumping to dry conclusions. There is so much exploration to be done. Input, advice, sources, links; testimonials would all be very much appreciated.

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    • Nam HendersonNam Henderson
      Aug 30, 08 5:43 pm

      Lagos....
      I was hoping to visit there when i did Peace Corps in West Africa.
      But then my Peace Corps plans fell through.
      It seems so dense, fascinating and jumbled. Did you find any inspiration or useful approaches in Koolhaas's studies of Lagos.

      A friend of mine just did a MArch thesis at Berkeley and did a transit/market mixed program for a project in Dharavi, Mumbai.

      Nkiru
      Aug 30, 08 7:10 pm

      Lagos has so much potential right now. You can see it everywhere. But the city is somewhat dysfunctional.
      I did find Koolhaas's documentation of the city insightful although I do not entirely agree with his notion that the chaord of its informal fabric presents a terminal condition of the western modern metropolis.
      I think there are unique dynamics at work in the city that have led to its condition.
      His soon to be released book - Lagos how it works should be very interesting.

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