Last year, the Nigerian government embarked on an anti-slum campaign, determined to destroy the blighted shanty towns in Makoko, a fishing village in the country's capital. Here, most residents live on stilted structures atop the lagoon itself, so it's rather easy for the government to rid the city of the slum conditions on its façade: it just chops the supports down and the homes fall apart. This is obviously a pretty horrible solution. Architect Kunlé Adeyemi proposes something else: a brigade of solar-powered floating buildings pretty enough to quell the government's purge. Adeyemi, who was born in Nigeria and is now based out of the Netherlands, began with a three-story school built to withstand earthquakes, floods, and climate change. "Makoko is a settlement that people often drive by. I've driven by it myself for many years," he told Co.Exist. "But I started to visit and I was inspired, shocked, and motivated by the environment. I asked if there was anything I could do, and they said the school was always flooding, and they needed an extension. So, that's what we did."
Makoko Floating School, large enough to accommodate 100 students ages 4 to 12, is made from local timber and 256 plastic drums, and is outfitted with solar panels, rainwater harvesting facilities, and a toilet. At the prism's pinnacle is an open-air classroom, the middle floor is made of enclosed rooms, and the bottom platform has a water slide and play space.
Adeyemi told Co.Exist that he hoped his prototype will "be a catalyst and that a lot of other people will adopt similar systems to address climate change and flooding."
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