By Osa Amadi
Unplanned urbanisation, waste management and pollution are among challenges confronting the city of Lagos with a population of 21.3 million – the second largest metropolitan area in Africa, after Cairo in Egypt.
In response to this environmental challenge, Architect Eddy Eguavoen Foundation has called for entries –architectural solutions to the problem of plastic pollution – from architectural designers for this year’s Voen Foundation Architecture competition tagged Lagos: Plastic City Architecture Competition 2021.
According to a statement by the organisers, participants are expected to design creative architectural solutions to plastic pollution in Lagos.
The competition is open to students, graduates and young architects around the world. It allows groups (4 people maximum) to submit projects and all group members’ names must be included when filling the registration form. But, if you want to add or remove group members after submitting the registration form, you can email [email protected] to make group member changes to your registration.
“We are not going to limit the scale or type of architecture your design should represent. The only requirements are that your designs must aim to solve the issue of plastic pollution and must use Lagos, Nigeria as a context. Your design is a single house that makes efficient use of recycled or up-cycled plastic, a master plan for a community that engages in plastic recycling and uses it as their way of generating income or even an industrial building or master plan that presents a creative way to combat plastic pollution,” it said.
In 2020, the maiden competition attracted over 100 contestants from across the world. Contestants designed floating housing solutions for communities-in-need, which was inspired by the Makoko Community.
Last year, two ARCON members, Ladi Lewis and Kayode Anibaba, were on the panel of judges along with Ladi Olatunde, Usman Mohammed, Soye Oni, Debo Adesanya and others.
The various winners and submissions from the 2020 competition were not only incredible but also inspiring. The winners were: first prize, international Lloyd Martins (Water No Get Enemy), first prize Nigerian (Shola Ashogbon, Sanniramat Sodiq, Adedokun Jamiu and Daniel Olufemi (The sea stars), second place winner Mekemta Jodel Bismarc, Takam Kenmogne, Sidoine Constant (Bio-Shelter Floating City), and third place winner Masoud Abedimoghadam and Zahra Fattahi (Circles of Hope).
This year, the competition’s theme focuses on plastic pollution, which is an issue in various megacities including Lagos. Plastic pollution has been a growing issue for decades and there have been various solutions presented by different global actors and bodies such as governments and international organisations.
“As architects and urban designers, it is important for us to be involved in this process and Lagos is a city that has seen bleak and limited amounts of solutions that respond to the context of the city. This is what led us to this year’s competition theme.
Unlike the previous competition, Lagos: City of Water, your design does not need to have a relationship with water. The context can be any part of Lagos whether on land or water. It is also important for your design to engage with the local Lagos community and urban context and should not be a lone piece of architecture.
The top designs will not only address plastic pollution and the point mentioned above, but also take microplastic into account as well as the harmful fumes plastic can emit when exposed to heat,” it added.
The first-place winner – international contestant will receive a cash prize of €500, while first place winner – Nigerian contestant – will receive N300,000. Second and third place winners will get €250/N150,000 and €150/N90,000 respectively. There will be ten honorable mentions, 20 finalists and Founder’s choice.
Registration opened last Sunday while submissions will open July 30 till August 20. Jury for the competition includes Iwoje Eguavoen, Arc Ladi Olatunde, Odaro Eguavoen, Arc Usman Mohammed, Solomon Ofoaiye, Osarogie Edo-Osagie, Lloyd Martins and Debo Adesanya.