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In Nigeria, the Makoko floating community

In Nigeria, the Makoko floating community

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In Asia, in particular, in Bangladesh, the floating schools they are nothing new at all. A non-profit association, the Shidhulai Swanirvar Sangstha took the field building solar powered floating schools flood proof. Frequent floods and the absence of an effective electricity network make it impossibleinstruction of Bangladeshi youths and floating schools were born as a solution to the problem.

A similar initiative is being born in Nigeria. We are in Africa and here too the links to eletricity grid are not insured, just as there is no program capable of guaranteeinginstruction to young Nigerians. The Nigerian architect faces the problem Kunlé Adeyemi. The architect is trying to exploit the techniques of green building to ease the dramatic situation in Lagos.


Lagos is a region where the floodi are more than frequent, especially due to the presence of a large lagoon. Kunlé

Adeyemi, together with the NLE Architecture group, started a project sustainable which aims to spread floating schools, capable of providing education even in the event of a flood. Makoko is a community of Lagos, made up of 250,000 inhabitants, all with very low or even zero income. The inhabitants live in temporary structures which only briefly resemble real homes. The structures are improvised like stilts at the edge of the Lagos lagoon.

Instead of crossing bridges or roads, the people of Makoko travel by canoe. Architect Adeyemi finally wants to replace the slender shelters of the inhabitants of Makoko with more dignified floating dwellings. The floating platforms would not only have a residential purpose but also an educational or recreational purpose.

The floating platforms, replacing the fortuitous shelters built by the unfortunate Nigerians, could guarantee more valid sanitation standards. The ambitious project is already taking shape: one is under construction floating school of three floors. There floating school can count on an area of ​​108 square meters. How does the school? The base is made up of 256 empty plastic drums, specially recycled. Building on water, in Makokos, is certainly cheaper and safer than building on land.


Once completed, the floating school, can accommodate up to 100 students aged between 4 and 12 years. On the roof, the floating school, will incorporate photovoltaic panels. The school will be able to collect rainwater which, accumulated in tanks, will be used for the toilets. School is just a start. The Nigerian architect hopes to create an entire floating community.

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