The first-prize-winning dune anti-desertification architecture created by Swedish architect Magnus Larsson received the top accolade for applying cutting-edge biotechnology to stop desert encroachment in Sokoto, Nigeria.Sustainable construction projects applauded across Africa Middle East »
This outstanding and absolutely novel project proposes an architectural complement to the Anti-desertiﬁcation Green-wall Sahara initiative of the Sahel-states. Although the project is highly speculative, the jury commended it due its visionary concept and sound scientiﬁc background.
It envisages facilitating the creation of oases for human habitation through the application of cutting-edge bio-technology: micro-organisms whose metabolic processes bind loose sand into sandstone to create structurally stable dune-like formations which not only stabilize the sand dunes but also provide shelter for people.
The possibility of semi-natural dwellings in complement to the ongoing tree-belt initiative would signiﬁcantly enhance the adaptive capabilities of those now faced with migration to escape the escalating environmental crises of the encroaching desert.See more
Dune anti-desertification architecture is a project proposed in response to the Green-Wall Sahara initiative. At the cutting edge of biotechnology, the plan is to use microorganisms to bind loose sand into sandstone to create structurally stable dune-like formations. These dunes protect new oases in which people displaced by desertification can live.Download project entry poster (PDF, 974.76 KB) »
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