A Woman’s World Film

While research shows that women have particular needs and uses within cities, these considerations are often insufficiently factored into urban planning and development processes. Heinrich Boll Foundation and Nsibidi Institute, under the Open City Lagos project, put together A Woman's World, a two-part event series consisting of a workshop and discussions to explore and promote gender responsiveness… Continue reading>

A Woman’s World: Building an Equitable City

Rising concerns about the gaps in planning consideration for women and girls in cities gave rise to A Woman's World event series. The series brought together practitioners and stakeholders in a series of discussions and workshops to answer questions, tackle issues and open up the dialogue for gendered responses in programming and planning solutions A… Continue reading>

Learning from Lagos: A City of New Meaning

From everyday encounters to planning considerations, Kingsley Iweka shares his reflections on the city of Lagos drawing from recent conversations at the Heinrich Boll and Nsibidi Institute’s Open City Lagos Brainstorming Brunch held in April 2015. As one of the project’s shortlisted candidates, he speaks within his personal capacity as a writer coming to terms… Continue reading>

Beyond the Project: Embedding Sustainability

Despite growing pressure from the international development scene, effecting community-led urban regeneration remains a challenge in cities like Lagos with its competing priorities and inherent complexities. Drawing on lessons from Makoko, Dr. Ebun Akinsete reframes thinking our on ‘sustainability’ which she argues compels all actors to find common grounds towards growth and development.     It… Continue reading>

Beyond the Project: Transitioning Urban Growth in Lagos

Understanding the context is a crucial to informed planning and sustainable practice. Lookman Oshodi, who presided over the Makoko/Iwaya Waterfront Regeneration Plan, locates the origins of the project within the wider history of urbanisation in Lagos, providing further insight into the premise guiding its approach. By Lookman Oshodi/Arctic Infrastructure   Over nearly a century, Makoko… Continue reading>