Architects to address Lagos urban regeneration plans
There is a need for Lagos to keep renewing its systems and processes as West Africa’s economic capital, architects have said.
The Nigerian Institute of Architects stated that the processes, through which the city would become a smart and resilient city where things work for all, would form the basis for discussions at this year’s Lagos Architects Forum.
The Chairman, NIA, Lagos Chapter, Mr Fitzgerald Umah, said the forum would focus on Lagos urban re-generational plans and new opportunities; values and positioning for architecture; rethinking going global and new directions for building materials technology among other issues.
Umah said the ‘LAGOS 10.0 – An Architectural Regeneration 2: The Lagos Response’ scheduled to hold May 8 to 11, would consolidate on the gains of the 2018 forum.
“This year marks the 10th anniversary of the increasingly popular international conference and the three-day event will devise new ways of running practices and boosting stakeholders’ engagement and adaptation to local economies,” he said.
Umah said there would also be a focus on building collapse in Lagos, adding that most of the distressed buildings were collapsing from the base structures where the service of professionals were not engaged before raising new super-structures on them.
While calling on the Nigerian populace to engage the right building professionals in each phase of the design and construction process, he said the chapter had been working with the Lagos State Government to ensure that the action documents handed to the state during past LAFs were properly adopted to stem the tide of building collapse.
He said the forum, through its ‘Lagos Home Design Competition 2019’ “would also come up with prototype designs which would lead to the creation of an utopian community that would make houses more affordable to people in the society.
The General Secretary, NIA, Lagos Chapter, Mr Abiodun Fatuyi, said the forum would also feature ideas competition organised through a partnership between Sterling Bank Plc and the Lagos Architects Forum, to discover innovative designs that would drive adequate policy plans on affordable housing in Lagos.
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