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Architects’ forum to brainstorm on city devt

By Kingsley Adegboye

To complement the efforts of Lagos State Government towards making Lagos a liveable city, this year’s Lagos Architects’ Forum will focus on urban and city development with the objective of making the highly populous city vibrant and liveable.

The forum will also look at how to make Lagos a friendly city of harmonious and sustainable communities in the areas of housing, real estate development, urban city design and transportation as well as green architecture, construction and design technology.

The Lagos Architects’ Forum, is a three-day annual event organized by the Nigerian Institute of Architects, NIA, Lagos State Chapter to provide opportunities for participants to meet with various stakeholders in the building and construction industry.

The 2011 edition which is the third in the series, has “Lagos 2.0 (Next Level)-A Liveable City’‘ as its theme.

Chairman, Lagos State NIA Arc. Abimbola Ajayi said urban housing issues such as high rise living in the tropics, mass housing and infrastructure as well as high density development will be discussed. Others include real estate development, retail design, hotel design and office development.

Arc. Ajayi stated that international case studies and projects will be used to demonstrate how urban city design and transportation works in developed countries such Canada and the United States of America. Light rail transportation, road network development and financing as well as waterways transportation, she said, are major issues to be dealt with during forum.

Arc Ajayi further stated speakers on green architecture will deal with practical application possibilities in Lagos while foundation and basement construction in urban areas, rapid construction technology, use of glass in topics, insulation and concrete technology will be issues to be discussed under construction technology.

Explaining the expected impact from the forum, she said discussants and participants will have opportunity to interact and establish bilateral ties with participants and stakeholders as well as follow up on contacts established with affiliated companies. She added that the forum will afford players and stakeholders the opportunity to showcase their products and services.


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