The annual Lagos Architects Forum (LAF) that has just been concluded will no doubt go a long way in addressing some key issues that border on housing in Nigeria as the participants focused on the need for affordable housing to bridge the wide gap of housing deficit in Nigeria.
The historic forum was organized by the Lagos State Chapter of the Nigerian Institute of Architects (NIA), Lagos State Chapter with the theme ‘Lagos 8.0: An Architectural Autopoiesis’ .
According to the President, Nigerian Institute of Architect, Tonye Braide , architects have to come up with innovative and relevant designs that have the capability of helping clients, most especially the government , stating that architects need to work in conjunction with lots of stakeholders in the housing sector in a bid to ensure architectural autopoiesis
The architects agreed that they would come out with effective mechanism and innovative strategies that would address the housing deficit faced by the low-income earners who form the major part of Nigeria’s population and are in dire need of accommodation.
In her speech, The Deputy Vice Chancellor of Development at the University of Lagos, Sade Ogunsola, noted that building constructions must always be tailored to people so as to meet their needs.
Speaking about architectural autopoiesis, the don described it as the ability of architecture to recreate itself without loss of the essence of its nature.
According to her, Nigerian architects would no longer be regarded as mere briefcase-carrying architects when they start deploying their practice towards offering lasting solutions to the housing needs of the low- income earners in the country.
In his address, the Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode reiterated his commitment of his administration to make the city of Lagos one of the most livable cities in the world. The Governor was represented by The Commissioner of Water Front Infrastructure, Ade Akinsanya.
Lagos Architects Forum is an annual conference organized by architects to give them the clue on how to come out with the necessary holistic approach to the issues that affect practitioners in the building industry.