African Architect Builds School on Water
As many as 70 per cent of all major capital cities in the world are by water. Therefore, some African cities are vulnerable to flooding, which means that the quality of life of the residents of these cities will be negatively impacted.To therefore minimize the impact to these folks, the body of water that could create the flooding must be used to develop the community.
It’s this sort of thinking that led Kunle Adeyemi, a Nigerian Architect, to create an innovative new form of architecture that could revolutionize water communities in Nigeria (and perhaps Africa) — the Makoko Floating School.
The school was found over two years ago and so far, the response has been very positive with the Nigerian government suggesting that the school could be used as a prototype for similar developments in other communities.With the success of the school in the Makoko community in Lagos, Nigeria, the idea is to now develop other water front communities through one of their most important assets – water.
For this to happen, our communities (in particular) and the broader society (at large) need to undergo some sort of cultural reorientation whereby we begin supporting the infrastructural development needed to build these sorts of communities.
In this age of rapid urbanization and climate change, we need to begin thinking about how we can grow and nurture cultures that thrive on living and getting around on water. So projects like this school are heartwarming because they represent new models of thinking for Africa – a positive step in the direction of creating innovative solutions to existing problems.