Scarcity versus Abundance: Adaptability as a Creative Resource in Architecture and Design
October 27, 2022
G.A.S Foundation, Lagos, Nigeria
This symposium comprises conversations around impermanence in architecture from the Global South, highlighting how this focus was inspired by Lagos, Oshinowo’s home city. It explores how these ideas manifest across disciplines, both locally in Lagos and across the region.
The event hosts conversations touching on the edition’s examination of impermanence, adaptability, and scarcity in architecture from the Global South, highlighting how this focus was inspired by the city of Lagos itself. Across the Global South, issues of scarcity have created a culture of re-use, re-appropriation, innovation, and collaboration. These practices propose a new model of thinking - one that is born out of scarcity rather than out of abundance. A model that uses natural materials with the understanding that repair and reconstitution are instinctive, necessary, and desirable. This model embraces that nothing can be permanent, and everything in our environment should adapt to conditions of scarcity to match our realities and needs - creating a progressive, evolving architecture. The symposium explores how this concept manifests across disciplines, locally in Lagos, and across the region.