AIST Masterplan © OMA

| Abuja, Nigeria | Competition Entry 2004

AIST represents a global effort to foster SSA’s economic growth and development through the promotion of excellence in science and engineering and their applications. Each AIST campus will be a pan-African, world-class institution dedicated to academic freedom and the pursuit of excellence.

Abuja embodies an essential breakthrough in the thinking about cities. In his master plan concept for Abuja, Kenzo Tange relinquished the platonic reading of the city as a more or less stable formal entity, in favour of reading the city as a process. The brilliance of the movement lay in the realisation that the benefits of the traditional city could only be invoked through its wholesale abandonment.