ABUJA CENTENARY CITY

1000-hectare district design using biomimicry to integrate development with growth on the African continent.

VISUALISE

1000-hectare district design using biomimicry to integrate development with growth on the African continent.

Modern-day Nigeria came into being in January 1914 with the formal amalgamation of the northern and southern protectorates of the former British colony. January 2014, therefore, marked the 100 years of union. One of the centenary projects announced by the presidency of Nigeria was a new district of 1000hc within the Abuja city masterplan. The city’s vision we created demonstrates the harmony between nature and the work of man and how we can learn from nature’s genius to create a solid example for the future of urban development.

In collaboration with biomimicrySA, Actuality worked in partnership with Greg Wright Architects, who were principally appointed by Smartland International (SLI), to develop a biomimicry approach to urban infrastructure development that is appropriate within the African context.

The key challenge we sought to address was how to create an abundant and flourishing city in Abuja that functions like a mature ecosystem ensuring a circular metabolism, weblike food chains, a high diversity of species and functions, decentralized and modular infrastructure; while focusing on creating cooperative relationships across socio-economic boundaries and underpinned by good quality feedback loops of information.

This model offers the opportunity to integrate development with growth on the African continent, creating a model that is adaptable, resilient and a joy to live in.

STRATEGISE

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The design team used biomimicry and looked to nature as our model, our measure and our mentor. The systems and structures of nature informed our principles about how to design a city. What makes nature’s systems function so effectively is the fact that there is no stasis. There is a constant and perpetual flow of energy, of nutrients, of materials and of information.

The design team used biomimicry and looked to nature as our model, our measure and our mentor. The systems and structures of nature informed our principles about how to design a city. What makes nature’s systems function so effectively is the fact that there is no stasis. There is a constant and perpetual flow of energy, of nutrients, of materials and of information.

Nature does not allow for waste, in construction or destruction. Everything is built using available resources as efficiently as possible, with matter being broken down and reused where it falls. Resources and materials are generated, used and disposed of as efficiently and effectively as possible. This regenerative circular metabolism and the constant flow of resources nurtures the cities inhabitants without exploiting the habitat.

Nature itself is not only embedded as an integral part of the city but also used as an essential resource. Water is allowed to flow freely throughout the city and is both respected and utilised to the advantage of all its inhabitants. Green belts that follow natural watercourses service an aesthetic need and function as urban agriculture that reduces the need for importing resources from outside the cells. The edges of the waterways act as bio-filters where wastewater is turned into clean, usable water.

Nature also informs the design of the transport system so that it is optimised for the best possible flow between a new set of transport hierarchies. Transport corridors do not divide communities and push foot traffic to the periphery. Pedestrians and non-motorised transport are given first priority. All other forms of transport are tailored around that need. Public transport is sympathetically embedded into the infrastructure to play its role in seamlessly connecting residents with others outside of their cells. Motor vehicles, specifically cars, are not excluded from the master plan but they are integrated carefully into the background. The health of the ecosystem is maintained by the use of as much green and zero-emission transport technology as possible.

Using these principles, this city is designed like no other, one that functions like a mature and abundant ecosystem. As with any successful ecosystem, the more diverse it is, the more vibrant and rich it will be.

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