Charrette: Modularizing Informality

Charrette: Modularizing Informality

How do we resolve the tensions between imported Western imported styles and the notion of what is African? That tension between the courtyard and the balcony, the glass skin and the brise soleil; or the oft-derided eating habits not accommodated in the living room, or the abundantly ubiquitous zinc roofing sheets so often discarded or the coming to terms with crime-induced burglary and the esteeming of the kitchen entrance.

Through a series of charrettes, we are designing and building a series of inventive houses to make what was once backwater become mainstream. We want informality to become a legible design language on the continent. We want to start with a modular house in Alabata, an obscure community just 6 minutes from one of Nigeria’s newly built train stations.

Join us if you are interested in becoming one of the few candidates to participate in this Charrette.

The Charrettes
Our charrettes aim to be participatory design avenues for aspiring architects. Each participant creates a sketchy vision for the scheme and develops same quickly with speed drawings into a full concept proposal in a convivial atmosphere with immediate feedback. It offers a great avenue for students of architecture / young practitioners to gain experience in the profession, be part of live projects in Africa with freedom to work on projects outside of the academic calendar.

Participants are expected to have a stable internet connection, personal sketchbooks, pencils/pens and be highly skilled in any modelling and graphic design software preferably Revit and Photoshop respectively. Interested applicants should register here: by 9th September 2021. Only successful applicants will be contacted.

Date 11 September 2021
Time 12pm – 5pm WAT
7am - 12pm EDT [with breaks in-between]

Venue Virtual

Participants will receive a $40 stipend toward their efforts on projects carried out during the Charrette.

Certificate of Participation
A Certificate of participation will be issued upon completion of the design exercise.

Download the information related to this event here.


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Cite: "Charrette: Modularizing Informality" 08 Sep 2021. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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