Learning from… Lagos

Event, in English, Paul Desmarais Theatre, 29 March , 6pm

Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas and a team of students from The Harvard Project on the City are followed over a 2-year period as they research Lagos, Nigeria in Lagos Wide and Close (Netherlands, 2005), a documentary by Bregtje van der Haak.

Lagos is home to an estimated 15 million people whose survival depends on improvisation, networking, and risk-taking. Despite extreme poverty, power shortages, and systemic water and traffic problems, the city is expected to be the third largest in the world by 2020. Narrated by Koolhaas, the film represents a unique interaction with this under-documented city, capturing multiple perspectives of a volatile moment in its evolution.

The Learning from… series takes its title from Learning From Las Vegas (1972), Robert Venturi, Denise Scott Brown, and Steven Izenour’s vastly influential publication, which analysed the commercial strips and architectural symbolism of Las Vegas in order to understand urban sprawl. In this spirit, the series brings together experts to explore specific urban conditions and their relevance to the future development of cities.


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