Making Lagos Work Part 1

On a cool Lagos evening, Olamide Udoma sat with Robert van Kats and Remco Rolvink at a boutique hotel to discuss solutions for a leading African city and how they are starting to take action.

The first part of the interview with DASUDA’s founders, Robert van Kats and Remco Rolvink, by Olamide Udoma of Future Lagos is avaible at this link.

We talked about our experience in Lagos and we shared thoughts for the future development of this exciting city.

Part two and three will be published in the coming weeks, where we spoke about the privatisation of water in Lagos and the globalisation of architecture.

DASUDA Publication on Urban Design Event: Accra Revisited

It is a great pleasure to share with you the results of the Urban Design Event: ‘Accra Revisited’ held from February 25th till 27th in Accra, Ghana.

This conference, organised by DASUDA, ArchiAfrika and other partners, showcased West African and European innovative thinkers which brought their perspectives on rethinking Accra’s urban development with an outcomes based approach. The event was a first spark to ignite collaboration between Dutch and Ghanaian professionals in the broad field of physical planning.

The DASUDA publication which is available at ISSUU can be viewed here. It will take you through a series of articles based on themes presented and discussed during lectures, debates, and workshops. The essays contains our findings on topics like Accra’s metropolitan scale, public domain, realizing lively neighbourhoods and a glimpse of how the Urban Design Event can be followed up.

Special thanks for the great success of the event to the Netherlands Embassy, ArchiAfrika, UN-Habitat, AA Matters, Cityförster, The Berlage Institute, Ghana Design Network and the Local Sponsors; all the speakers, presenters, panellists and special guests; the people of Accra and in particular the communites of Jamestown and Ga Mashie; the DASUDA team.

DASUDA sincerely hope to continue sharing results and thoughts about future collaborative projects.

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Tyger Design Lab

The Greater Tygerberg Partnership (GTP) and the Dutch Alliance for Sustainable Urban Development in Africa (DASUDA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to initiate the Tyger Design Lab.

The GTP has signed the first of many international partnership agreements. Collaborating with DASUDA in starting up the Tyger Design Lab, which will be located within the Voortrekker Road Corridor. The Lab will also serve as a public meeting point, information centre with communal facilities together with office space for the core team.

The GTP is tasked with the regeneration of the Greater Tygerberg region and specifically to focus initially on the Voortrekker Road Corridor and Bellville Central Areas. DASUDA is a Dutch Foundation and urban solutions platform that promotes integral urban development in Africa, based on Dutch knowledge and experience in urban sustainability. DASUDA offers specific knowledge and expertise from its Dutch and local partner companies promoting an integrated, holistic and multidisciplinary approach to sustainable urban development and design.

“The Tyger Design Lab will be a place where we can plan, create, disseminate and oversee the implementation of innovative ideas, plans and projects in the Voortrekker Road Corridor, Greater Tygerberg and Belleville region,” says Robert van Kats of DASUDA.

The Lab will be used for the preparation of concept designs, master plans, urban design frameworks for major strategic land development sites, district and precinct regeneration plans and thematic design areas including transit malls, station redevelopments, open space systems and design guidelines for building and public space development, amongst others.

“Design is being seen as a tool to test, integrate and leverage the development programs in the Voortrekker Road Corridor and Bellville Central and to inspire and engage all possible partners in the regeneration task for the coming years,” says Lindsey Jones, COO of the GTP. “We hope that this exciting partnership will take the themes and projects in the Regeneration Framework into its next phase. Jointly and collectively we can stimulate urban regeneration and facilitate local social and economic development,” says Lindsey.

For more information about the GTP and DASUDA, please visit and

DASUDA Seminar in Nairobi

After the seminar on the 29th of October 2013 partnerships were established to collaborate on case study projects as first steps towards urban liveable cities, to start with the city of Nairobi.

Letters of Intent are signed with the State of the Netherlands, represented by the Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation of The Netherlands and the Ambassador of the Netherlands, University of Nairobi, School of the Build Environment UoN, represented by the Dean, DASUDA, represented by its Chairman and Kenya Liaison, and Nairobi County Government, represented by the Governor End Deputy Governor of Nairobi.

The focus areas within the city are defined together with the University of Nairobi and the the planning department of Nairobi County. We appreciated all very pleasant and successful meetings with all participating partners and further engagements on collaborating. We like to thank all who have participated in the seminar ‘learning from Nairobi’. See you soon again in Nairobi.