I was recently in Lagos, and if ever a town needs planning, it is this one. Statistics I came across in LSE and Deutsche Bank’s Urban Age Project suggest that Lagos will grow faster than anywhere else on the planet – with a predicted 58 extra people added every hour by 2015 (compared to 32 for Shanghai or 42 for Mumbai). There, the big project is sadly not concerned with address the horrendous traffic jams faced by the majority of residents, but instead focussed on building a city within a city. The N416.5 billion Eko Atlantic project aims to claw back over eight square kilometres of land from the sea on Victoria Island for a luxury resort comprising mixed use residential, commercial, financial and tourist accomodation. According to the BBC it will offer the luxury of constant power and water, good roads and a light rail system to whisk them around a financial centre for a gated community of up to 400,000 people.
Meanwhile, in Southern Sudan, planners are mulling rebuilding their two biggest cities in the shape of a Rhino and a Giraffe…….