LAF 8.0 to reposition Lagos for regeneration

The Lagos Chapter of the Nigerian Institute of Architects (NIA), is to begin a revolution in city redevelopment. The plan, once commenced, will help governments and town planners in urban regeneration.

To set the tone for this, the Lagos NIA has themed its Lagos Architects Forum, LAF 8.0: “An architectural autopoiesis.”

The Chairman, NIA Lagos Chapter, Mr. Fitzgerald Umah, said the conference would offer an opportunity for stakeholders in the built environment, especially architects, to devise new means of running practices in the light of current economic realities.

Regeneration of the city’s architectural designs and practices is the order of the day in other climes and has also become necessary in the country in view of the shrinking building space and also to get the best value out of buildings and other properties.

Through the conference, NIA hopes to give the state government a document that will help end building collapse not just in Lagos, but throughout the country, including simplifying the process of building approval, among others.

“Generally, we want to work with the government, given the fact that we have had building collapses in the state and because Governor Akinwunmi Ambode is excited about construction and infrastructure,” Fitzgerald explained.

To this end, both local and international speakers and industry leaders have been lined up to grace the occasion and give lessons on issues around design and urban renewal. Included are personalities like Bishop Matthew Kukah of the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto; the Obi of Onitsha, Igwe Nnaemeka Achebe; Theo Lawson, an architect that regenerated the Freedom Park; hotel development and urban renewal expert, Carlo Toson; Aramide Akinoso; Kunle Adeyemi; Joe Adodo and Jennifer Mpysi, among others.

“As architects, our designs shape the society. Autopoiesis is regeneration and we are looking at what to do to recreate ourselves as well as Lagos and the nation at large,” said the Secretary of the Lagos NIA, Mr. Samson Akinyosoye.



Culled from thenationonlineng.net

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