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Lagos NIA plans conference on urban architecture

Added on 17th Apr 2013 ⋅ Posted in -
THE principles and practice of urban design are a must for every stakeholder in the construction and building industry, if the plan to make Lagos State a world’s destination is to be achieved; architects under the aegis of the Nigerian Institute of Architects (NIA), Lagos Chapter have said.

They spoke last week in Lagos while unveiling its 4th conference, tagged: “Architecture and Urban Design”, billed to hold between Wednesday 15th to 17th May 2013, at Lantana & Orchid Halls, Expo Centre, Eko Hotel & Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos.

Represented by its Chairman, Mr. Ladipo Lewis, Vice Chairman, Mrs. Titilayo Adeleye, Publicity Relation Secretary, Mr. Samson Akinyosoye and the immediate past Chairman, Mrs. Abimbola Ajayi, the group said nothing would deliver the dream of making Lagos State a toast of the world, if urban design was not embraced.

Urban design is the process of designing and shaping cities, towns and villages. Whereas architecture focuses on individual buildings, urban design address the larger scale of groups of buildings, of streets and public spaces, whole neighborhoods and districts, and entire cities, to make urban areas functional, attractive, and sustainable.

Urban design is an inter-disciplinary subject that unites all the built environment professions, including urban planning, landscape architecture, architecture, civil and municipal engineering. It is common for professionals in all these disciplines to practice in urban design. In more recent times different sub-strands of urban design have emerged such as strategic urban design, landscape urbanism, water-sensitive urban design, and sustainable urbanism.

Urban design is an inter-disciplinary subject that unites all the built environment professions, including urban planning, landscape architecture, architecture, civil and municipal engineering. It is common for professionals in all these disciplines to practice in urban design. In more recent times different sub-strands of urban design have emerged such as strategic urban design, landscape urbanism, water-sensitive urban design, and sustainable urbanism.

The concept demands a good understanding of a wide range of subjects from physical geography, through to social science, and an appreciation for disciplines, such as real estate development, urban economics, political economy and social theory.

Still, Urban design is about making connections between people and places, movement and urban form, nature and the built fabric. Urban design draws together the many strands of place-making, environmental stewardship, social equity and economic viability into the creation of places with distinct beauty and identity. Urban design is derived from but transcends planning and transportation policy, architectural design, development economics, engineering and landscape. It draws these and other strands together creating a vision for an area and then deploying the resources and skills needed to bring the vision to life

Also, its theory deals primarily with the design and management of public space and the way public places are experienced and used. Public space includes the totality of spaces used freely on a day-to-day basis by the general public, such as streets, plazas, parks and public infrastructure. Some aspects of privately owned spaces, such as building facades or domestic gardens, also contribute to public space and are therefore also considered by urban design theory. Important writers on urban design theory include Christopher Alexander, Peter Calthorpe, Gordon Cullen, Andres Duany, Jane Jacobs, Mitchell Joachim, Jan Gehl, Allan B. Jacobs, Kevin Lynch, Aldo Rossi, Colin Rowe, Robert Venturi, William H. Whyte, Bill Hillier, and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk.

While the two fields are closely related, ‘urban design’ differs from ‘urban planning’ in its focus on the proactive design of urban areas, whereas the latter tends, in practice, to focus on the management of private development through established regulatory planning methods and programs, and other statutory development controls.

For these reasons and others, Lewis, said it became imperative for NIA to bring stakeholders in the building industry together to discuss salient developmental issues that will assist to sharp the development programme of Lagos as well as management of land.

Known as Lagos Architects Forum (LAF), it is an annual event meant to provide opportunities for participants to meet with the various stakeholders in the building and construction industry; establish bilateral ties with companies; showcase their products and services; learn about best practices and update skills in current trends in design, development and construction; understand the current economic climate; discover innovative methods of development within the current economic climate and understand critical issues affecting viable developments.

According to Akinyosoye, this year’s event is billed to attract speakers from the local and international arenas. Amongst those that are lined up to share their thoughts include Dr. Noah Kofi Karley, Mr William Nii Teiko Evans-Anfom; former Ghana Institute of Architects’ President, Osei Kwame Agyeman; Martin Baerschmidt and other facilitators. The event is expected to feature conferences and workshops that dwell on contemporary urban development issues.

Modules to be considered include Urban Design, Master Planning, Real Estate Development, High Density Mass Housing, Construction Technology, Design Technology as well as Pre/Post Conference Site Tours.

The event will attract not only architects but, allied professionals in the building and construction industry. It is also open to the general public.


Culled from The Guardian Nigeria
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