Architects to Boost Economic Development Through National Regeneration
Posted: 03/Dec/2018

Architects in the country have pledged to participate fully in national regeneration as a way of rebuilding the nation and contributing to economic development.

The President, Nigerian Institute of Architects, Mr Adibe Njoku, said the facets of regeneration could take the angle of urban renewal and regeneration propositions towards solving the country’s social and economic problems.
 
Njoku, who spoke at the NIA’s 58th Annual General Meeting and conference in Lagos, said the process would involve the search for and creation of solutions to these problems through regulating and improving urban environment among others.

“The theme of this year’s conference, ‘Architecture and national regeneration’ can be likened to a rebirth or reinvigoration especially of declining urban areas; with measures put in place, in this case architectural works in the context of model best practices for necessary improvements of the economy.

A former President of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, Mr Sam Oboh, stated that architects were very important in every society as they could help improve the standard of living.

He said, “What we do or do not do have impacts on the people. As architects, if we consider the fact that the profession revolves around changing people’s lives for good, we will take it more seriously.  We all have a way of exonerating ourselves from things that are not going well. But what everyone should know is that architecture is an abstraction of societal values.

“We should pick at least one issue in our local community to address. We tend to design for economic value but we must begin to add value by designing for the good of the community. When life is enhanced by design, you help everyone.

“For instance, with the growing population of Lagos, architects cannot continue to plan with vehicles alone in mind. There should be provision for sidewalks for pedestrians. Such emphasis improves lives and by extension the economy.”

He urged Nigerian architects to see themselves as very important professionals with so many lives to improve.

The 1st Vice-President of the NIA, Mr Sonny Echono, stated that ultimately, regeneration would improve lives through creation of environments that enhance health and wellbeing.
 
Echono, who was represented by the 2nd Vice- President, Enyi Ben-Eboh, said the regeneration would involve the commitment of a large number of stakeholders at different levels with the collective aim of relaunching the city and its economy to achieve set objectives.

At the conference, a book, entitled ‘The creative entrepreneur’ written by the Principal Architect and Founder of PCD Associates, MB Bello was also unveiled.

Architects, in their reviews, noted that the focus of the book was how to unlock the potential of entrepreneurs in the creative industry.

By: Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi
Punch News