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Join Anam team at FUTURE CITIES AFRICA (Economist Conference) in Lagos May 30/31st

27 Apr

Join us for a major summit on the future of cities in Africa

The most compelling growth opportunities are in Africa’s cities. In the next 10 years the continent’s population will rise beyond 1.5bn and consumer spending is predicted top $1.5 trillion.  The Anam design team will attend the event and live blog many of the sessions. 

Future Cities:  Managing Africa’s urban transformation

May 30th–31st 2012

Eko Expo Centre, Lagos

Future Cities, organised by Economist Conferences, is a major international conference, exploring innovative new approaches to designing, managing and financing Africa’s cities.

The event will feature leading authorities in urban planning, construction, transport, energy, architecture and sustainability, including the mayors of Lagos State, Johannesburg, Harare, Durban, Dar Es Salaam and Cape Town.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Babatunde Fashola, Executive Governor of Lagos State
  • Parks Tau, Executive Mayor of Johannesburg
  • Mohamed Alabbar, Chairman, Emaar Properties
  • Kuma Demeksa, Executive Mayor of Addis Ababa
  • He Liehui, Managing Director, Touchroad International Holding Group

Special NGO and academic rates are available. For further information and to register, visit www.economistconferences.com/africacities quoting code ANAM.


Build a New City with Us! Internship Program 2011 Announced [VIDEO]

4 Feb

The Chife Foundation is excited to announce the 2nd year of our international internship program in sustainable development and design.  Since 2009, The Chife Foundation has been working with the community of Anam in Eastern Nigeria to plan and design Anam New City.  With the first overall planning and design phases complete, the project is moving forward into more specific design and infrastructure projects, as well as the initial implementation phases on site.  This settlement is envisioned to be exemplary in its approach to environmental, economic and social sustainability. Self-sufficiency, livability, maximized use of local resources and efficient design schemes are important objectives. The ultimate goal is to create a prototype for new (as well as existing) African cities, thereby creating a model for sustainable development on the continent.

Qualified graduate and undergraduate students from various disciplines are invited to apply.  Please visit the Chife Foundation website for more information about the New City Internship Program and the International Development Internship.  The application deadline is March 1, 2011.

In the video, Community Researcher Assistant, John Paul Anekwe talks about the first phases of the project which include agricultural seed operations, such as a fish farm and a poultry farm and how his community will be involved.

If you are using a slow internet connection, you can also watch the video in a lower resolution format on the Chife Foundation YouTube Channel.  Building A New City (Low Resolution)

Anam Rebirth July 2010

24 Jul

Community Planner Belgin Gumru presents the Anam Master Plan

The Chife Foundation project team was invited to speak to the Anam Rebirth Council at the end of July about the Anam City Master Plan.   In a rare regional and cross-community gathering, the 8 traditional Anam communities (currently spread across different towns in the State) joined together to start to address their development needs in a broader more cohesive manner.  With this approach, the council is embarking on an ambitious process, a model at the forefront of best practices in Regional Planning & Development.

The Anam City design and research ideas were well received by the Council and the possibility of extending the project to the broader Anam region was discussed. The Council also expressed their support for moving forward with the necessary approvals and environmental assessments required by the government.

During the visit to Nigeria, The Chife Foundation also held several focus group sessions with local residents to discuss their vision for the future city. 

One of the women’s focus groups

Anam Elders discuss the design progress

Anam men's focus group discussing their future and Anam City

Anam community members

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