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WATERFRONT Atlas is a collaborative knowledge platform that brings the local intelligence of aquatic communities like Makoko, Lagos to the world at the 15th International Architecture Exhibition — La Biennale di Venezia curated by Alejandro Aravena. It aims to identify, gather and cultivate the intelligence of communities and cities by water with a motivation to […]


It’s time to get off the beaten path. Inspiring equal parts wonder and wanderlust, Atlas Obscura celebrates over 700 of the strangest and most curious places in the world. Talk about a bucket list: here are natural wonders—the dazzling glowworm caves in New Zealand, or a baobob tree in South Africa that’s so large it […]


This book is an appeal for a new, open architecture. Many outstanding examples not only present a variety of relationships between people, the environment, and the built world, but they also emphasise architecture’s enormous influence on our quality of life. Actar Publishers

Beyond Patronage: Reconsidering Models of Practice

This book explores contemporary architectural practices and design agendas that are being shaped or enabled by news forms of “patronage” Essays, projects, and interviews will examine emerging forms of sponsorship, new forms of connectivity – technological or social – that produce innovative modes of collaboration, and strategies for cultivating relationships that allow us to rethink […]

Fifty under Fifty

The architects, designers, artists and others represented in 50 Under 50 are innovators of our time. After a world-wide search of 50 top architecture and design firms by the editors, lead author Beverly Russell along with Eva Maddox and Farooq Ameen help bring together a unique body of work; all partners in these firms will be 50 years old or under at the time of publication, and represent a forward-thinking generation of creative people, aware of global issues that urgently need solutions through imaginative design.
The innovators featured in this impressive volume share with us, and the world, their desires for exponential learning; designs are illuminated with full-color photography and detailed illustrations, helping to showcase the innovators individual curiosities, imaginations, and talents. This material shows how they bridge disciplines, respect cultural norms, respond to human needs regardless of costs, and how they adopt team transparency in their passion to create and solve problems with a clear mission. This highly anticipated book showcases honorees located across many different countries, including Bangladesh, Belgium, Brazil, China, Germany, India, Ireland, Japan, Mexico, The Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Thailand, Turkey, and the United States.

Significantly, a quarter ofthese innovators are women, representing the elevated leadership of women inarchitecture and design.


From Frank O. Gehry’s shining Louis Vuitton Foundation in Paris to Zaha Hadid’s curving Heydar Aliyev Center in Baku, take a global tour through the architectural practice emerging today, and defining tomorrow. The best-selling series of Architecture Now! celebrates its tenth edition with more than 70 international projects arranged in a neat new format. TASCHEN


According to U.N. estimates, the population of Africa will double by 2050, growing at a rate that will quickly surpass the population of China and rival Asia as the world’s most populous continent by 2100. With this explosive growth, African communities and cities are expanding rapidly and aggressively into unchartered territories. Africa’s population surge coupled […]

Louisiana Exhibition – 2015

This summer’s major exhibition at Louisiana focuses on architecture, art and culture on the African continent. By pinpointing a number of judiciously selected examples from a cultural here and now, the exhibition sheds light on the diversity and complexity of the part of Africa south of the Sahara Desert. Through a number of projects spread […]


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Triennale di Milano – AFRICA – Big Change Big Change – 2014

Triennale di Milano – Africa – Big Change Big Change is an exhibition of Africa’s architecture and the transformations taking place in the continent. Changes involve the control of large numbers and show huge shifts of people, pressures brought to bear by urbanization, the inappropriate use of natural resources and territories. The transformation – the […]

Holcim Awards for Sustainable Construction. Selected Projects by ‘A’A’ L’Architecture d’Aujourd’hui – 2014

A special issue of leading French contemporary architecture magazine ‘A’A’ L’Architecture d’Aujourd’hui features Selected Projects from the winners of the 4th International Holcim Awards competition for sustainable construction projects and visions. The Holcim Awards prize-winning projects show the importance of using sophisticated approaches that address environmental performance but also further progress regarding enhanced social, financial […]

Uneven Growth: Tactical Urbanisms for Expanding Megacities by MoMA – 2014

With Uneven Growth , the third exhibition in the series Issues in Contemporary Architecture, curator Pedro Gadanho revives and expands a link between popular “homegrown” architectures of necessity and architecture with a capital A to include a new “informal” urban setting in which large areas of the built environment are not made by architects. The […]

52 Weeks. 52 Cities by Iwan Baan – 2013

Iwan Baan takes the viewer on a one-year photographic journey around the world — always on the lookout for ingenious homes in unexpected places and outstanding construction projects. A characteristic of his pictorial language is his engagement with the close relationship between humans and architecture, between social use and various spatial situations. Iwan Baan visited […]

Abitare Con L’acqua – 2014

Makoko Floating School featured in an Italian book “Abitare con l’acqua” about strategies and solutions for sustainable projects.

African Water Cities Project – 2011

The impact of rapid urbanisation and economic growth of cities in Africa is now common knowledge, yet it cannot be overemphasised. At the same time the impact of climate change is now day-to-day reality. Particularly in coastal African cities that now experience significant increases in seal levels, rainfall and flooding.

Afritecture. Building Social Change – 2013

Makoko Floating School included in a book about contemporary architecture in Africa – “Afritecture. Building Social Change”, edited by the architectural historian Andres Lepik. “The school is a prototype for the far more ambitious concept of a “Lagos Water Communities Project”, which envisions an entire settlement of floating houses The three-level wooden construction with its […]

Architectures Pour L’avenir – 2014

A chapter called “Ouvrir” where Makoko Floating School is featured can be found in the French publication “Architectures Pour L’avenir”. The word “ouvrir” literally means “to open the door” and the floating school is referred to as a prototype structure that introduces new possibilities for education. “This project is a prototype of a floating movable […]

City of Brilliance – 2014

Makoko Floating School included in the Taiwanese book “City of Brilliance”, pp. 108-113.

Commons – 2014

“Commons” is a reissue of the legendary “Lotus Document”, published in 1986 and devoted to the work of Álvaro Siza. The publication remains a classic of the literature on Siza’s work, and of reflection on contemporary architecture. Makoko Floating School is included in a chapter named “A School as a City”. “Whether they are in […]

Eco Park – 2011

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Klasse Schule – 2014

Makoko Floating School is included in a German publication about contemporary schools all over the world. More information in German can be found on pages 52-55.

Lagos Water Communities Project – 2011

The impact of rapid urbanisation and economic growth of cities in Africa is now common knowledge, yet it cannot be overemphasised. At the same time the impact of climate change is now day-to-day reality. Particularly in coastal African cities that now experience significant increases in seal levels, rainfall and flooding.

Makoko Prototype Book – 2011

A proposal for a floating building in the water community of Makoko, located in the city of Lagos, Nigeria. The project is an innovative approach to address social and physical needs in view of current challenges of climate change and an urbanising African context.

Makoko Research – Heinrich Böll Stiftung – 2012

At the turn of the millennium more people are living in cities than in rural areas; according to the prediction of UN Habitat about 60% of the world’s population will live in cities in 2030, with about 20 to 30 meta- and mega cities. Although the real number of its inhabitants is not known, Lagos – or the Center of Excellence as it is called officially – with a minimum of currently 15m inhabitants is one of the fastest growing Mega cities in the world.

Naptin Competition – 2011

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Nike Art Pavilion – 2011

Nike Art Center is a home known for celebrating a vast collection of Nigerian art and culture. Artist and designer Nike Davies-Okundaye invites you to visit her Nigeria – an ancient culture that thrives in modern cities, a world that moves easily between talking drums and the internet.Nike Art Pavilion is a contemporary platform for hospitality and performance.

Transformation. Towards a Sustainable Future – 2013

“Transformation. Towards a Sustainable Future” is a publication exploring many dimensions of sustainable development and the power of architecture to address the challenges of sustainability. Makoko Floating School is included in the chapter about structures built on water. It is referred to as a sustainable structure, because of materials, technology used and environmental impact; it […]