Modern day Nigeria came into being in January 1914 with the formal amalgamation of the northern and southern protectorates of the former British colony. January 2014 therefore marked the 100 years of union. One of the centenary projects announced by the presidency of Nigeria was a new district of 1000hc within the Abuja city masterplan. The city’s vision we created demonstrates the harmony between nature and the work of man and how we can learn from nature’s genius to create a solid example for the future of urban development.
In collaboration with biomimicrySA, Actuality worked in partnership with Greg Wright Architects, who were principally appointed by Smartland International (SLI), to develop a biomimicry approach to urban infrastructure development that is appropriate within the African context.
The key challenge we sought to address was how to create an abundant and flourishing city in Abuja that functions like a mature ecosystem ensuring a circular metabolism, weblike food chains, a high diversity of species and functions, decentralized and modular infrastructure; while focusing on creating cooperative relationships across socio-economic boundaries and underpinned by good quality feedback loops of information.
This model offers the opportunity to integrate development with growth on the African continent, creating a model that is adaptable, resilient and a joy to live in.