Internship Develops Innovations in Sustainable African Urbanism

15 Aug

After two and a half months of intense research and design work, the internship program is drawing to an end.  The work has been foundational towards the development of the Master Plan document.   The following summarizes several of the overall outcomes of the design and principle goals for the Anam City.


A vibrant economy, building on regional strength in agriculture and an abundance of natural resources like clay & bamboo will accelerate growth and prosperity. Generously distributed community facilities to support good health and educational advancement, as well as public amenities such as parks and recreational spaces will improve the quality of life for residents.


The physical design of the city and supporting activities will nurture sound environmental stewardship. Regionally appropriate architecture will respond better to the tropical conditions and promote responsible resource use. Protecting the existing ecosystem will also create a healthier and more enjoyable city environment.


The city’s infrastructure demands will be met by a distributed network of small-scale energy, water & waste systems. A balance of low cost and state-of-the-art technologies will tap into extensive renewable energy resources such as solar and biomass and will balance with ecologically sound water & waste infrastructure.  Smart information technologies will also optimize system performance by increasing efficient monitoring and minimizing resource waste.

2 Responses to “Internship Develops Innovations in Sustainable African Urbanism”

  1. Kerubo Abuya October 27, 2010 at 3:12 pm #

    It is inspiring to see what your team has done thus far. Great work! You may have already planned for this – some questions come to mind that I think might help prepare for a smooth transition – once the project gets into the implementation and post implementation phases. Are there plans to incorporate social and behavioral change/transformation as the community prepares for the transition – that is life in the new city? What social/behavioral changes will be required to help make this transition as smooth as possible? What awareness, knowledge, abilities, capacity, capabilities and other changes in attitudes and mental models will positively enable a long term and sustainable cross-over and new way of life for the entire community? Will everyone move into their new homes and space at the same time or will it be a phased approach? What social structures and processes need to be in place to enable this change?

    • asackey November 2, 2010 at 12:08 am #

      Excellent points. The team tries to keep all these questions in the forefront during design and planning. We recognize the important of appropriating this greenfield development within an existing regional context. On one hand, many of the communities are accustomed to such transitions, having relocated to different completely new settlements over their history (Ebenebe will be Umuoba Anam’s 4th new settlement). Still, this is a development unlike any other preceding it and one requiring many new ways of living & thinking. Much effort will be made to incorporate indigenous knowledge systems that appropriate local expertise to strengthen familiar processes. Development and expansion will also be phased to make the transition more gradual. Not everyone will move into the new city, in fact, the new city will do more to positively transform its region, spreading much of the benefits of a vibrant urban center to surrounding areas and reducing urban migration. Many of the recommendations include supporting policies and community programs to ensure a sustainable implementation.

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