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arch out loud's "Waste" competition will propel critical question on Lagos' former landfill

Nigeria Architecture News - Aug 3, 2018 - 05:53   3757 views

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arch out loud has announced a new competition "Waste" to propel critical questions on Lagos' "waste" area over the designing of a new multi-purpose stadium at the former Olusosun Landfill. 

The competition invites all designers and architects to register during advanced registration period, which ends on September 10, 2018. Submission deadline of the competition will be on December 17, 2018. Read more details about the competition below. 


Waste is a global issue common to all urban areas. The world now creates more than a billion tons of garbage a year, which it incinerates, buries, exports, and recycles. As major cities expand so must their ability to reverse wasteful tendencies and begin living more efficiently and sustainably.

Until recently in Lagos, the Nigerian megalopolis handled its waste by relocation. It seemed simple enough to drive waste outside of town to the 100-acre Olusosun dump site beginning in 1992. Since then, Lagos is estimated to be the fastest growing metropolis in the world, expanding from a population of 7 million to over 21 million. The landfill that was once far from any urban activity is now surrounded by it. Earlier this year, the Olusosun Landfill was shut down by local government and slated for redevelopment as an urban green space and public park.

Perhaps a vision for the new park could include an anchor program that incorporates new attitudes relating to waste. In the urban core, space is something rarely taken for granted. Yet, the most profound and expensive modern day constructions humanity builds, continue to underperform. The stadium is a revered place, but one with benefits that rarely extend beyond servicing a single team or small portion of population.

arch out loud asks participants to design a new multi-purpose stadium at the former Olusosun Landfill. How could this massive structure, known to be wasteful in its resources, limited lifespan, and inconsistent usage, confront critical issues of waste in Lagos while sited on a former landfill? Designers are encouraged to consider how the stadium might act as a porous entity, serving as both a world-class sporting facility and local commodity.


Prizes total to $8,000

Overall Winer - $5,000 + AO feature and certificate

3 Runners up - $1,000 each + AO feature and certificate

10 Honorable Mentions - AO feature and certificate

Directors Choice - AO feature and certificate


Neil Denari - Founder, Principal | Neil M. Denari Architects
Joshua Ramus - Founder, President | REX
Zeina Koreitem - Founder, MILLIØNS | Harvard GSD
Thom Moran - Founder, T + E + A + M | University of Michigan Taubman CollegeTei Carpenter - Founder, Director, Agency-Agency | Columbia GSAPP

Ahmed ElHusseiny - Founder, AE Superlab
Olalekan Jeyifous - Artist/ Designer,
Ola-dele Kuku - Architect/ Artist | Ola-dele Kuku Projects
Nate Appleman - Director of Sports + Recreation + Entertainment | HOKAndrés Jaque - Founder | Office for Political Innovation,


Advanced Registration: July 23rd - September 10th

Early Registration: September 11th - October 29th

Regular Registration: October 30th - December 16th

Submission Deadline: December 17th

You can download competition brief and models from the competition's website. Start your registration form here

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