Earlier this week, NLÉ (@NLEworks) founder Kunlé Adeyemi presented his Water and the City research at OCAD University, where he also discussed the importance of Makoko, and what can be learned from it. In 2011, while researching solutions for affordable housing for Lagos, Nigeria, Kunlé Adeyemi visited the water community of Makoko to see the building and living conditions of what appeared to be a predominantly low cost housing settlement on water in the heart of the city. Inspired by the challenges and opportunities he saw in the water community, NLÉ spent about a year engaging the community in terms of building trust, understanding their needs, assets and visions. In April 2012, NLÉ published its findings in 'Makoko Research' - a comprehensive report supported by the Heinrich Böll Foundation. At the request of Adeyemi's first host, the Shemede family, NLÉ agreed to help with the design and construction of a new building structure. This structure would serve as an extension to the classrooms and play area to an existing private nursery and primary school, whilst also serving as public space for the community's social needs. This project evolved to be known as Makoko Floating School - a prototype for a larger vision for African Water Cities and communities. The first floating structure was a collaborative design and build effort by a project team consisting of: Makoko youth and community leaders (primarily through the committed leadership of Baale Emmanuel Shemede), 8 expert local carpenters, local/international collaborators and NLÉ. Construction began in 2012, with urgency in a moment of crisis after parts of the community – declared an illegal settlement - were demolished by the Lagos State task force.
Photo credit: Iwan Baan.
Special thanks to @IwanBaan for allowing us to use his amazing photograph. Find more photos of Makoko Floating School on his website http://iwan.com/portfolio/makoko-floating-school-lagos-nigeria/
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