Recognized as an emerging model for urbanism in Africa, the Anam City project presented at the 2011 African Perspectives conference, a prominent symposium that brings together top academic and professionals engaged in design and architectural work around the continent. The conference, organized by ArchiAfrika out of the Netherlands was held from November 3-7th, 2011 in Casablanca, Morocco. This year’s main theme was the ‘The African Metropolis’, offering the challenging topic of urban growth in Africa. Keynote speaker, sociologist Saskia Sassen kicked off the event by discussing the importance of technology in the city and ways that the urban metropolis and its residents can communicate. Other speakers from around the world presented on subtopics including:
- African urbanity: informal/formal
- From landscape of industrial production to productive cultural cityscape, and
- The periphery of the African metropolis
The Anam City project was very well received and the Chife Foundation team was able to connect with other practitioners and researchers who are developing other concepts compatible with our interest in sustainability in the African city. African architect, Joe Osae-Addo in particular lauded the Anam City Project as an example of using design to stimulate social entrepreneurship.
The next conference will be held in 2013 in Nigeria. The Chife Foundation plans to participate and will bring updates on the construction of Anam City. We will have a lot to show off in two years!