Inception mission for RAIN project in Kenya

DASUDA and RVO / DLG have initiated the Government to Government project RAIN in Kenya. RAIN is the acronym Regional Agro Industrial Networks and focus on integral approach in which the spatial planning tools can be deployed to strengthen the development of economic potential. The project links the reinforcement, scale and value chain of agricultural based industries in an rapidly urbanising context. With support of the Dutch Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Economic Affairs an inception mission was prepared and held in June 2015 to select the local partners. The core team travelled to the Counties of Nakuru, Kiambu, Trans Nzoia and Uasin Gishu to meet the governors, talk to the team of ministers and have a workshop on the R.A.I.N. concept with County executives. Site visits to have an impression of the current situation and meetings with the local chambers of commerce completed the tour. The project plan will be developed during mid 2015 and the projects starts in two selected counties from September 2015 till end of 2017.

DASUDA Lagos Lab 2015

Lagos originated at the Lagoon and developed rapidly around its water edges. This caused lots of challenges, but maybe even more opportunities. If we look at it from that perspective the lagoon is Lagos’ safe belt, battery, feeding ground, connection and attraction.
A group of Nigerian and Dutch experts have started to work together on the big themes of Water, Housing, and Mobility and all in relation and connection with the meaning of the Lagoon for an explosive growing city.
During the inception week which took place in Lagos last March it came clear that those three main topics should be part of any project location subject of the Lagos Lab 2015. Sub-themes within this among others are the relation between heritage and the water, spatial economic development in relation to the protection of the lagoon, accommodation of local economies and systems, etc.
The workshops, hosted at the Federal Palace the 22nd and the 23rd of June, were the testing ground for our ideas. Together with local professionals we defined the long term objectives and project and the short term first stage for a feasible and implementable project.
Coming months the Lagos Lab team will continue to collectively work on first actions to take into first step towards implementation to reach the long term vision of the Lagos Lagoon City: the realization of the Lagos Lagoon Centre pavilion before construction of a ring dike structure.
DASUDA organized a seminar in the morning of Thursday 25th of June at the Federal Palace for sharing the first workshop results and debate with the audience, identify stakeholders, possible shareholders and partners.
Starting point for the seminar was the vision that the Lagoon is the source of Lagos and can become the vibrant heart of a 21st century worldwide renowned metropolis. Visionary perspectives have been presented in a concrete manner with awareness of the current state of the city and with implementation driven tools and approaches.
The seminar was an important step in the Lagos Lab 2015 process towards the final outcome in September/ October.

DASUDA sincerely thanks all workshop participants and seminar attendees.


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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