Aggregate | Cooperative Ownership of an Urban Stadium

Through immense population growth in the past two decades, the Nigerian Capital of Lagos has expanded faster than any other metropolis on the planet. The 100 acre Olusosun Landfill, a dump site originally on the periphery of the city, subsequently found itself surrounded on all sides by dense neighborhoods. Nigerian immigrants, primarily originating from neighboring African countries, have been attracted to Lagos for its booming formal and informal economies. In fact, with Lago’s production of 11,000 tons of waste per day (according to a 2013 article published by Reuters), found the landfill to be a source of revenue as they scavenged through the trash.

Considering the impacts of an operating landfill on the health and wellbeing of those who live work and play adjacent to and within it, the local government shut down Olusosun in 2018. The result is a 100 acre void in need of remediation and redevelopment surrounded by a dense urban center. The local government plans to re-purpose the site as open public space, but has a history of mismanaging large public amenities, including Lagos’ National Stadium. Despite a high demand for public gathering space and a committed fan base, the government allowed differed maintenance to overwhelm the once thriving stadium. Given the local authority’s track record, it would be unfortunate to see history repeat itself on such a promising site.

 

The Solution

This proposal re-imagines the form, function, and funding of the stadium typology to ensure its vitality while activating an underutilized parcel in a developing metropolis. Through a cooperation of private partners, the athletic complex will be a shared asset amongst stakeholders, all of whom contribute to its vitality. Moreover, individual stakeholders will utilize their share of space to host an array of programs in response to Lagos’s exponential growth. From public markets to private offices, classrooms to residential units, the diversity of program will create a buzzing heart to an undeserved neighborhood.

The stadium is organized around the central athletic field with various programs encircling it along a continuous concourse. Intended to be a porous public space, the line between stadium, mixed use center, and public park are entirely dissolved. The result is a collection of programs which operate independently from the athletic functions while also engaging with them. During both the day and night, those who work, eat, live and play in the area are invited to permeate through the space regardless of whether or not there is a team on the field. With an emphasis on plurality, the proposed project would become a waypoint in the lives of locals and visitors alike, transforming the former landfill site from a void to a beacon within the urban fabric of Lagos.

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