Archinect - News 2017-08-21T15:55:40-04:00 Kunlé Adeyemi's Makoko floating school collapses Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-06-10T13:24:00-04:00 >2016-06-16T20:01:17-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="390" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The school collapsed on Tuesday after a heavy rainfall that took over most part of the Lagos including Makoko, a slum and highly populated part of the state [...] &ldquo;So as far as that floating school is concerned, it was erected without the permission of the state government. &ldquo;The simple answer to the floating school is that it is an illegal structure and it shouldn&rsquo;t be there.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Kunl&eacute; Adeyemi's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">floating school</a> was built with the help of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in 2013, to serve 100 elementary school students living in the Makoko slum on Lagos' waterfront. About 300,000 people are estimated to be living in the slum, which before the floating school was built, was going to be demolished due to health concerns. The school had a influential role in convincing the government to instead adopt a "regeneration plan" for the slum.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>From&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>The Guardian</em></a>:</p><p><em>The school became a symbol of bottom-up development, its designs even adopted by the state ministry of urban development for new house plans. The collapse throws this process into disarray.&#8203;</em></p><p>Plans to rebuild are <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">reportedly</a> already underway.</p><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title='What Makoko can teach about "organic" urban development' href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">What Makoko can teach about "organic" urban development</a></li><li><a title="Rem Koolhaas and Kunl&eacute; Adeyemi sit down with Guardian Cities to discuss Lagos" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rem Koolhaas and Kunl&eacute; Adeyemi sit down with Guardian Cities to discuss Lagos</a></li><li><a title="Koolhaas guides viewers through bustling Lagos in this interactive documentary" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Koolhaas guides viewers through bustling Lagos in this interactive documentary</a></li></ul> Rem Koolhaas and Kunlé Adeyemi sit down with Guardian Cities to discuss Lagos Alexander Walter 2016-02-29T14:53:00-05:00 >2016-03-01T11:55:33-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="325" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In 1997 two architects set out to rethink Lagos, an African megacity that had been largely abandoned by the state. Amid the apparent chaos and crime, they discovered remarkable patterns of organisation. Two decades later, Rem Koolhaas and Kunl&eacute; Adeyemi discuss the past, present and future of the city &ndash; and reveal why their own project never saw the light of day</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>" was the ultimate dysfunctional city &ndash; but actually, in terms of all the initiatives and ingenuity, it mobilised an incredibly beautiful, almost utopian landscape of independence and agency."</em> - Rem Koolhaas</p><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Koolhaas guides viewers through bustling Lagos in this interactive documentary</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">What Makoko can teach about "organic" urban development</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">In Lagos the poorest are paying the price of progress</a></li></ul> What Makoko can teach about "organic" urban development Justine Testado 2016-02-25T14:53:00-05:00 >2016-02-29T00:55:07-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="390" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>'Why can&rsquo;t communities simply be communities and develop in the organic way that we allow other communities to develop?'...'They are inspirational in that people have developed them themselves, without government and real estate types pushing them around. Without a doubt, they still have problems. But they are stabilising themselves and, over time, knitting themselves into the fabric of their cities. This is a true marvel of global urbanism.'</p></em><br /><br /><p>More in relation to slums:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">World's first Slum Museum is coming to Mumbai</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Housing mobility vs. America's growing slum problem</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hanoi: is it possible to grow a city without slums?</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">In Lagos the poorest are paying the price of progress</a></p> Eko Atlantic - privatized vs. collective, ecological survival Nam Henderson 2014-01-22T10:02:00-05:00 >2014-01-22T13:37:38-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="355" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The disaster capitalists behind Eko Atlantic have seized on climate change to push through pro-corporate plans to build a city of their dreams, an architectural insult to the daily circumstances of ordinary Nigerians.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Martin Lukacs argues that <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eko Atlantic</a>, a new privatized city to be built near Lagos, Nigeria, is the perfect illustration of how the super-rich will exploit the crisis of climate change to increase inequality and seal themselves off from its impacts.</p> School at Sea Orhan Ayyüce 2013-05-30T14:10:00-04:00 >2016-02-29T15:01:58-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="432" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In Makoko, a sprawling slum on the waterfront of Lagos, Nigeria, tens of thousands of people live in rickety wood houses teetering above the fetid lagoon. It&rsquo;s an old fishing village on stilts, increasingly battered by floods from heavy rains and rising seas. Because the settlement was becoming dangerous, the government forcibly cleared part of it last year.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>Kunle Adeyemi, a Nigerian architect, had a better idea. He and his team asked what the community wanted, and with its help and money from the Heinrich B&ouml;ll Foundation and the United Nations, he devised a floating school: a low-cost three-story A-frame, buoyed by about 250 plastic barrels, with a 1,000-square-foot play area, classrooms, rainwater collection and composting toilets. Made to serve 100 elementary-school children, the building provides a flexible and robust prototype for housing and other potential structures. In Iwan Baan&rsquo;s mystical photographs, Makoko emerges as a kind of crazy-quilt grid. The school, just opened, stands apart, its peak rising above the rest of the settlement, like a lighthouse.</em></p><p>Michael Kimmelman, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NYT</a></p> In Lagos the poorest are paying the price of progress Nam Henderson 2013-03-05T14:00:00-05:00 >2013-03-05T18:16:21-05:00 <img src="" width="600" height="400" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Lagos state commissioner for housing, Adedeji Olatubosun Jeje, provided a different version of events. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s a regeneration of a slum,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;We gave enough notification. The government intends to develop 1,008 housing units. What we removed was just shanties.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Adam Nossiter covers recent slum clearance efforts&nbsp;led by the&nbsp;&nbsp;governor of Lagos, Babatunde Fashola. As Lagos aims to become a premier business center, the city&rsquo;s poor and homeless are becoming the government&rsquo;s enemy. Last week,&nbsp;parts of Badia East (with perhaps 10,000 residents) were demolished while last summer the floating neighborhood of Makoko (which was home to perhaps 30,000). In total activists estimate upwards of a million people have been forcibly ejected from their homes over the last 15 years.</p> Africa's First Plastic Bottle House Rises in Nigeria MikeChino 2011-11-07T15:07:21-05:00 >2011-11-14T12:21:44-05:00 <img src="" width="537" height="400" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Development Association for Renewable Energies (DARE) &ndash; an NGO based in Nigeria &ndash; is almost finished with an incredible two-bedroom bungalow entirely out of plastic bottles. Although many in Kaduna were dubious when the project began construction in June this year, the nearly-complete home is bullet and fireproof, earthquake resistant, and maintains a comfortable interior temperature of 64 degrees fahrenheit year round.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>