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De/Reconstructing Oworonshoki Lagos

Evicted area in Oworonshoki and project area

Demolished area in Oworonshoki and project area of urban design studio

Urban design studio, 12,5 ECTS

In the summer semester 2024, we will develop a reconstruction plan for the community of Oworonshoki, Lagos, Nigeria. 

In a brutal state and elite induced clearance at the end of July 2023, several communities within the neighborhood Oworonshoki were demolished, resulting in the loss of at least 7,000 houses. People lost not only their homes and belongings, including documents of all kinds, but also their livelihoods. The rationale behind the brutal action is greed for land and obviously a different "vision" of how Lagos should look like as "modern" city. The poor have become the obsessions of a small and economic elite, perceived as the obstacle to the modern-day Lagos.

State-induced destruction and violence in Precious Seeds, Oworonshoki, end of July 2023

State-induced destruction and violence in Precious Seeds, Oworonshoki, end of July 2023, Photo: Fabulous Urban

In this studio, we will try to produce a framework of urban design principles that meet the needs of everybody, not only those of few. Aspects include gender-responsive urban design and room for self-constructed houses.

In the center of the urban design studio production is a large model at a scale of 1:500, in which all strategies, projects, and the political and social processes will be visualized.

Studio phases

Phase 0: Field work
Phase 1: Research + model making
Phase 2: Individual projects
Phase 3: Joint project
Phase 4: Structural policy actions


+ Model of the whole area in the scale 1:500
+ Master plan showing the overall project
+ Detailed planning of the individual projects
+ Digital presentation

Teaching team
Professor Fabienne Hoelzel, Academic Associate Lisa Dautel

Wednesday, 9-18 Uhr, Räume 206 und 208, NB 1

University of Lagos, Nigeria

Registration and information
The language of instruction is English. If you are interested in taking this course please get in contact with Lisa Dautel, lisa.dautel@abk-stuttgart.de.