REBUILDING NGARANNAM IN NIGERIA BY ARCHITECT TOSIN OSHINOWO
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Images by Tolulope Sanusi, Tosin Oshinowo & UNDP
It sounds great like architecture of generosity as the principal architect of cmDesign Atelier, Arc. Tosin Oshinowo in the form of vernacular architecture designed the project called Rebuilding Ngarannam, a shelter stabilization program in Borno State, Northeast Nigeria that suites the settlement and culture of residents of the region after consulting with the people of the area according to Designboom website. The new living-space comprises 500 houses for the communities that were displaced by terrorist insurgency. The idea for the exclusive social responsibility project was conceived and led by Mohamed Yahaya, UNDP Nigeria Resident Representative and supported by the Nigerian government.
The intervention project which will be completed in summer 2022 was designed with basic amenities such as school, healthcare facility, power etc. with the aim of providing security and a comfortable living for the future residents of the 500 residential units termed as returnees, the former occupants of the area who were displaced by terrorists. The design includes a police outpost, community center, primary school, teacher’s quarters, health clinic, marketplace and a solar-powered water facility.