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EcoCar Solaire

EcoCar Solaire aims to transform Dakar’s fossil-fuelled minibuses into solar-powered buses using innovative technology and a participatory approach to reduce air pollution, empower local artisans and ensure urban mobility for the lower-income population.

Ecole Xam-Xam Jëm

Due to climate change, the increasingly intense rainfall in many African cities means that informal neighbourhoods, ‘slums’, and their inhabitants are particularly at risk from floods.

Khadim Rassoul

In an exchange with one of the largest supra-regional West African NGOs based in Dakar – ENDA Tiers Monde – the project for the upgrading and integrating the informal neighbourhood Khadim Rassoul in the city centre of Dakar was initiated.

TAATA NDOX

The Resilience Lab ‘Taata Ndox’ (Water Tower) goal is to study and improve climate resilient WASH infrastructures and methodologies at the scale of the quarter to secure informal quarters from flooding through sustainable and cost-effective solutions and a holistic, participatory approach.

Agobloshie

In an exchange with one of the largest supra-regional West African NGOs based in Dakar – ENDA Tiers Monde – the project for the upgrading and integrating the informal neighbourhood Khadim Rassoul in the city centre of Dakar was initiated.

oua_Casa | Open urban african house

oua_casa, a plus-energy house concept with photovoltaics, solar thermal energy and walls made of clay, also includes a concept for reducing drinking water consumption and promoting local economic added value through local materials and local know-how. oua_casa is based on cost-effective low-tech solutions and can, therefore, be easily multiplied.

EcoCar Solaire

EcoCar Solaire aims to transform Dakar’s fossil-fuelled minibuses into solar-powered buses using innovative technology and a participatory approach to reduce air pollution, empower local artisans and ensure urban mobility for the lower-income population.

For several decades, the cars rapides have provided the largest and especially the low-income part of Dakar’s urban population with an opportunity for urban mobility, thus securing many jobs. However, many African cities’ bus networks, which have the highest urbanization rate in the world, are barely functioning. In addition, the official public bus networks cannot be used in the informal neighbourhoods with narrow and often poorly maintained roads. Minibuses have gradually stepped into this breach and, providing collective taxi services that now account for most public transport (Dakar: 60%). At the same time, these minibuses contribute to an essential part of air and climate pollution. The latest air pollution readings in Dakar are alarming.

Here is where the EcoCar Solaire project comes in, developing sustainable, environmentally friendly and cost-effective means of public transport accessible to all population sections.

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Ecole Xam-Xam Jëm

Due to climate change, the increasingly intense rainfall in many African cities means that informal neighbourhoods, ‘slums’, and their inhabitants are particularly at risk from floods. In Dakar, this affects about 2 million inhabitants. Often, public buildings such as health posts, mosques and schools are affected since these are often the last to be built in leftover, low-lying, riskier zones. When schools are flooded, they remain destroyed and closed for months or often close altogether. Due to the lack of resources to rebuild schools, many informal neighbourhoods are denied the opportunity to receive an education.

The Xam-Xam Jëm project “Knowledge of Nature” aims to build climate-resilient, safe schools together with the neighbourhood community, using local natural and recycled materials and 100% renewable energy and adapted WASH infrastructure together with the population and local craftspeople. The schools will use practical schoolwork to teach a sustainable approach to nature and concepts for using rainwater, which was previously considered destructive, as a valuable source for urban agriculture.

Khadim Rassoul

In an exchange with one of the largest supra-regional West African NGOs based in Dakar – ENDA Tiers Monde – the project for the upgrading and integrating the informal neighbourhood Khadim Rassoul in the city centre of Dakar was initiated. The aim is to use participatory methods and vertical compacting based on the Museke methodology to develop the neighbourhood into a modern and ecological African city. This should be done while preserving the busy neighbourhood’s living and working space, thus counteracting the residents’ threat and their jobs being displaced with innovative urban planning concepts.

Since 1995, ENDA TM has held a provisional land title to protect the neighbourhood, which expires in 2020. The land title is normally automatically renewed for another 25 years but could be terminated by the government in 2019.

Participatory urban planning should counter this risk and propose an innovative and sustainable neighbourhood master plan. This master plan and the visualizations of an innovative African neighbourhood will serve as the basis for a broad-based campaign for a participatory urban development process and thus serve to gain the interest of the rest of the population and the decision-makers on the government side. This planning process should also lead to initiating a financing concept for cooperative development and upgrading the district.

Taata Ndox

The Resilience Lab ‘Taata Ndox’ (Water Tower) goal is to study and improve climate resilient WASH infrastructures and methodologies at the scale of the quarter to secure informal quarters from flooding through sustainable and cost-effective solutions and a holistic, participatory approach.

The knowledge gained will be disseminated and multiplied through the training of WASH entrepreneurs, planners, engineers and decision-makers, and disseminated to a broader population and school classes through information sessions and events. To develop means of public transport that are accessible to all segments of the population.

Agbogbloshie

Agbogbloshie, also known as “Sodom and Gomorrah,” is a district of Accra and is considered one of Africa’s largest garbage dumps. Millions of tons of electronic waste end up here every year, which the residents examine for recyclable rye materials (mainly iron, copper and aluminum). The area consists of three parts, separated by the Odow River. On the west side, bordering the Gulf of Guinea is the informal settlement of “Old Fadama,” built on one of Accra’s largest informal markets. About 40,000 people live in this area, most of whom are drawn from rural areas. Near the industrial area, on the east side of the river, is the main garbage dump, mostly inhabited. On the north side of the river is another inhabited part next to a large settlement. E-waste and all other wastes and brackish water flow directly into the river, creating a highly alarming environment for residents. E-waste residues from the incineration process polish the air and drip into the ground, dioxins settle in the air and enter people’s food cycle, causing severe health problems.

At the MAGA initiative’s request, MANDU | architexture developed a vision for the sustainable development of Agbogbloshie and implemented a master plan. The objectives of the master plan are to regenerate and detoxify the entire area, build a naturally healthy environment, develop a sustainable and innovative African urban model, ensure as well as create jobs, design housing, and ensure growth based on a sustainable business model.

The first step is to clean up the rivers and surrounding areas and the garbage dumps. Thus, natural, sustainable and decentralized sanitation technologies in collaboration with Swiss institutes specialized in sanitation technologies are the most effective as a reference for the Agbogbloshie project. The Live-With-Water project has achieved successes, as well as the modular construction of the Oua_Casa concept.

oua_Casa | Open urban african house

oua_casa, a plus-energy house concept with photovoltaics, solar thermal energy and walls made of clay, also includes a concept for reducing drinking water consumption and promoting local economic added value through local materials and local know-how. oua_casa is based on cost-effective low-tech solutions and can, therefore, be easily multiplied.

It offers a sustainable building block for the very fast-growing African metropolises, whose infrastructure is completely overloaded in many places and suffers from energy shortages and power outages and shows a high demand for additional housing.

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