Lagos, Nigeria, architecture, Koolhaas, urban dynamics
This article appears in TDSR volume XXI, II, 2010.
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This article seeks to evaluate Rem Koolhaas’s investigations of the sub-Saharan megapolis of Lagos, Nigeria. The literature on Lagos produced by Koolhaas and the Harvard Project on the City has been both lauded and criticized by several sources. Less attention, however, has been paid to two documentary films chronicling their Lagos “research studio.” The central component of this article is a close reading of these two films. It concludes that the research studio is a potentially effective method for learning about cities, though what Koolhaas produces is a seductive but ultimately myopic account of Lagos’s urban dynamics.
J. Godlewski, "Alien and Distant: Rem Koolhaas on Film in Lagos, Nigeria," in Traditional Dwellings and Settlement Review, v. 21, 2, p. 7-19.
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