Design Thesis Projects 2018 - 2019
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Abel Omeiza
Advisor: Eduardo Aquino

Architecture cannot perform its role in the urban fabric effectively
independent of Infrastructure. Infrastructure is the nucleus of any sustainable
development, enabling the effective organization and growth of our cities. We
tend to look at infrastructure as a precursor to architecture, and infrastructure
has conventionally served as a base for urban development, but without
considering rapid globalization and urbanization problems. Today we need to
rethink the notion of Infrastructure as an interdependent set of organizational
urban assemblies and strategies, to generate a design process and a type of
architecture which is more aligned with long-lasting and self-sufficient cities.
Today 55% of the Global population reside in cities and by 2050 the UN has
projected an increase to 68% with 90 % of this increase taking place in Africa
and Asia. This is a call to action for us, to start to think about more innovative
ways to approach planning and designing our cities for the future, and
curtailing the already existing problems of informal settlements and slums.
Informal settlements, slums and shantytowns highlight growing global inequality,
but also show us the will, ingenuity, and fortitude of man to survive under some
of the most adverse urban conditions, as it is observed in the shanty towns of
Makoko, Lagos, Nigeria to the South American favelas in Brazil. What these
places have in common is a lack of both physical and social infrastructure
which is a basic right for every member of society. This thesis aims to develop a
new meaning for infrastructure not as an independent part, but as an
integrated part of the development of architecture. Discovering new ways of
thinking, designing and building for the most deprived urban settlements using
local indigenous techniques and materials, to promote self-sufficiency and
sustainability for the future of our cities.

Image Captions:

1.   Visualization: (Centre Image) Showing a community hub in the context of Makoko
2.   Visualization: Public space on the Boardwalk.
3.   Visualization: Recreation on the Boardwalk.
4.   The Nano Membrane Eco toilets.
5.   A modern fish market on the proposed Boundary.
6.   Program diagrams for the Hub.



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