REBEL BUILD­INGS

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Makoko, the “float­ing slum” in Nige­ria’s pop­u­lous city of La­gos, is of­ten in the news, fre­quently raided by vis­it­ing cam­eras and pack­aged as a cu­rios­ity.

In­creas­ingly, though, the vil­lage built on wa­ter is be­ing doc­u­mented in­tel­li­gently and is spark­ing in­no­va­tion.

For ex­am­ple, au­thor­i­ties ini­tially threat­ened to de­mol­ish Nige­rian ar­chi­tect Kunlé Adeyemi’s float­ing school for Makoko, but it went on to win nu­mer­ous in­ter­na­tional awards.

It’s a project at the heart of an episode of Al Jazeera’s new se­ries, Rebel Ar­chi­tec­ture, di­rected by ac­claimed South African film maker Ri­aan Hen­dricks.

The se­ries fo­cuses on ar­chi­tects work­ing to im­prove so­ci­ety.

As the broad­caster says: “Adeyemi is pi­o­neer­ing float­ing build­ings to solve the is­sues of flood­ing and land oc­cu­pa­tion that af­fect hun­dreds of thou­sands in African coastal cities.” Hen­dricks made his name with a poignant and graphic doc­u­men­tary of Cape Flats gang life called The Devil’s Lair. He won nu­mer­ous awards around the world for his in­ti­mate do­mes­tic portrait of char­ac­ters he grew up with. It’s good to see him spread his wings.

The doc­cie is screened daily. See aljazeera.com for de­tails.

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