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Small-scale design interventions for impoverished informal settlements

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Public space as catalyst: Empowering Makoko Wale Falade (2011)

A UNhabitat report estimates that more than half of the world's population (over 3billion people) live in cities: a third of these live in urban environments described as slums (preferably called informal settlements or squatter settlements). This trend is not likely to stop soon, and a large portion of the continued growth of informal settlements id in developing countries.


This project seeks to explre design relevance in informal settlements. It argues for design intervention in the community of Makoko, a community of lagoon dwellers with a population of 85,200, based on the premise that integrating public space and infrastructure across the community can preserve existing marine based lifestyle and economic viability, legitimize the unique urban environment, integrate the community with the city and empower residents for self determination and improvement. This strategy is achieved within the limits of three objectives: Provide. Connect. Empower.

 

   

Provide
This objective argues that it is necessary to meet the basic needs of the community. Makoko is gravely lacking in waste and water, and this is provided in the form of sanitation centers that also integrate public spaces as heterotopias.

Connect
Makoko is integrated with itself and with the city to allow for increased frequency of interation across social class and consequently, the possibility of an expanded worldview. this is donw with a path system that connects the sanitation centers, allow for informal commerce and provide leasable space along a commercial corridor.

Empower
To imagine an improved urban environment, the community has to be equipped to meet future challenges. This can be done by empowering the community socially with public space, intellectually, with a community center holding a library, classrooms for teaching, internet cafe, and job training center; and materially with a building innovation workshop for experimenting with construction techniques.

 
   
For additional work by Wale Falade and more images from the Makoko project, please click here.  
   
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