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Floating school in Lagos rises with tide

A floating school designed for an aquatic neighborhood in Lagos can withstand storm surge and rising tides. (Image by NLÉ)

Rising tides wrought by climate change threaten to devastate low-lying developing cities. The aquatic community of Makoko in Lagos has responded with an innovative solution: a floating school, reports ArchiPanic, an architecture and design site.

Makoko is a slum known as the “Venice of Africa” and home to an estimated quarter million people, the Daily Mail reports here. People reside in dwellings on stilts without the benefit of roads and other infrastructure. The floating school is designed with resilience in mind. It can withstand storm surge and rising tides and provide shelter for up to 100 during severe weather.

Local carpenters constructed the school using bamboo. The lower level features a play area that doubles as a community space. The second floor accommodates up to four classrooms. The structure uses solar panels and natural ventilation, and even collects rainwater. Recycled plastic barrels attached to the bottom keep the school buoyant. The project receives funding from the United Nations Development Programme.


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