Makoko_Projects | student projects

Small-scale design interventions for impoverished informal settlements

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Reductive Assumptions vs. Complex Realities

This project reflects upon and documents my personal experiences; exploring the gap between the university studio and practice as well as the role of the architect in the community. It is presented as a series of booklets which are to be read in four parts:

01_STUDENT describes my final year as a diploma student at the Canterbury School of Architecture, where I developed Slum_Venice a proposal for Makoko; an informal settlement in the heart of Lagos, Nigeria.

02_VOLUNTEER addresses the subsequent 12 months I spent in the community, recording my observations as well as various areas my proposal may have failed to address. This booklet concludes with a number of guidelines for an individual, group or organisation that wishes to approach communities of a similar nature with a proposal.

03_MAKE documents the process of making three interventions in Makoko, which individually address a number of issues; exploring the gap between their design and production.

04_REFLECT concludes the project by questioning the role of the architect in a community of such complexity like Makoko or other informal settlements.

 

   
       
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