Posts Tagged 'lagos'

High Speed Urbanism in Lagos | publicated in Potenziale 2 by Studio1 – Stefano de Martino


High Speed Urbanism in Lagos is publicated in the Potenziale 2 magazine of the Institute of Design Studio1 – Stefano de Martino.

The aim of the project „LAGOS“ is to develop a sense for responsive urban planning methods which are initiating, gradually mediating and equalizing disparate forces in complex urban fields. Introducing a loop strategy for urban planning instead of static top-down urban planning methods, the project proposes possibilities for various bottom-up interventions across different scales. The focus lies on the production of control- and guidable bottom up urban conditions.

Activated from the extreme forces of social, cultural, economic and political influences, spaces, programs and functions are in a constant state of flux. Resulting from these forces, a dynamic urban field is emerging, which continuously generates and reorganizes spatial configurations. Sites and spaces construct a hybrid, dynamic system with fluid characteristics. A changing set of overlapping and intersecting programs and functions transforms surfaces and generate luminal spaces.

To respond to high speed urban dynamics and to provide an immediate solution, a flexible and lightweight reactive system is needed which considers the coexistence of multiple, simultaneous processes. Short planning and construction periods, low production and building costs as well as a resourceful use of urban space are mandatory prerequisites for an immediate and sustainable planning solution. The multidimensional approach seeks to strengthen performing linkages, relations and interferences of space and programs through intervening across different scales and using existing structures.

The creation of various types of market spaces with elastic and permeable qualities depending on site specific environmental conditions and the provison of public property for informal activities are essential components. Within a given framework, it should still be possible that space can be created and adapted individually and organically to meet individual economic and social needs. The integration into the environment and the adaption to local conditions and traditions creates responsiveness to the needs of a changing social and functional world, attaching to the continuity of locality, space and time.

Nomination for the Archiprix 2011

Hard work pays back. LURG is proud to announce that the work of Gunnar Ploner has been nominated for the Hunter Douglas Award, the ARCHIPRIX 2011, at the MIT Massachusetts Institute of technology, Cambridge, USA.

Lagos fields

Conditions are creating an influential field of forces in the urban environment. The flocking of forces and their inherent mechanics are displayed by an emerging pattern of various reactions and effects in the urban space. Effects are constantly reinterpreting and reinventing function and program of urban space and create a dynamic changing environment.

Where is Lagos? – Geographic Position

The metropole of Lagos, Nigeria, Africa.




Lagos is one of the largest urban agglomerations, currently counting 9.5 million inhabitants (Unhabitat,2008).  Since the late 70ies Lagos experiences an enormous population explosion and has a growth rate of 5,7 percent per year (Unhabitat,2008). This means, Lagos is growing 2000 inhabitants per day. As the city´s growth rate and the slum growth rate are mostly the same, the city development is not able to connect and to build at that speed. Lacking infrastructure and the emergence of informal settlements and at first glance chaotic conditions are resulting effects.


Informal settlements in Ebute Metta, placed at the main access route linking mainland Lagos to the three main islands of Victoria, Ikoyi and Lagos Island. 


Map of Local Government Areas, LGA´s.

The picture above shows the 20 Local Government Areas LGAs of metropolitan Lagos, which are considered to be independent cities. Due to the city´s  historic background and geographical position Lagos is Nigerias most important traffic-, economic and culture hub.

Local Government Areas of Lagos

Urban Area

Lagos Island
Lagos Mainland


Amuwo Odofin
Eti Osa
Ibeju Lekki

Research Area


Geographical view of the research area of the metropolitan region of Lagos. (pic. googleearth 2009)

LURG rss feed