Covenant University Graduates Win Architecture, Design Prize, Get N500,000 Each

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……………In First Edition Of Design Week Lagos

Two graduates of Covenant University, Ota, Ogun State, Temitope Akinsiku and Adedayo Oke won the Design and Architecture competition prize respectively in the first edition of Design Week Lagos with the sum of N500, 000 going to each.

Design Week Lagos is an annual event aimed at promoting the city’s creativity, attracting thinkers, practitioners, retailers and educators to deliver a diverse celebration of design.

The first edition kicked off on the 1st of October, 2019 with the theme ‘Lagos 2099: Redefining the Narrative’, and which held all through till the 20th.

This year, DWL hosted Design Kulture, a 9-day festival/exhibition and competition aimed at creating a design eco-system. The exhibition creates a platform for Architecture, interior design, furniture design, product design and technology, visual & media and design thinking.

The competition was divided into two groups, Architecture and Design. The public was encouraged to submit their products and design ideas as at August and a deadline was set for the 8th of September. After a long period of rigorous decision-making and assessment of all the submissions, six finalists were announced and they presented their works on Wednesday, 9th October.

The six finalist are OladimejiTomiwa a master’s student of Caleb University (Architecture), two NYSC corps members Olaolu (Design) and Akarume Moses (Architecture), two graduates of Covenant University AkinsikuTemitope (Design) and AdedapoOke (Architecture), and AdelajaFawaz of Team Nexus from Federal University of Technology.

The architecture finalists designed an airport terminal while the design finalists focused on a ferry Terminal in the year 2099.

Adedapo said his design was inspired by Hamad International airport and also focuses on integrating the outdoor and indoor spaces with little to no distinction, among other things. He said, “An airport should be an experience of the culture and people, not just a place for airplanes.” Tomiwa and Moses also spoke extensively on their airport terminal designs, talking about how the design is influenced by both the direction of wind and flow of people to and from the terminal.

Olaolu’s design concept focuses on the integration of the terminal with the buildings surrounding it.  AkinsikuTemitope’s design is centered on afro-futurism and maximizing water transportation, with the roof’s shape drawing inspiration from the flowing gown of the Eyo Masquerade.

Adelaja’s design is based on the Sting-ray fish (roof) and a fishing net (the building). The building and roof are covered with solar panels that can generate up to 2 megawatts of electricity. The inside of the building and ferries are colored yellow to represent the Lagos culture. In his words, ‘You cannot understand a city without going through its transportation system’.

The presentation ended with words of encouragement from the sponsors, Rendeavour and Cantagali. The Architecture judges were TosinOshinowo of ile-ila, SeunOduwole of SI.SA and Papa Omotayo of MOE+ art architecture while OsaruAlile, Jacqueline Aki, Nifemi Marcus-Bello, FisayoBakare, FunfunreKoroye and OmonAnenih were the judges for Design. A representative of LASWA was also present.

A design party “Sound for Design” was hosted by DWL on Saturday, 12th of October to close the Design Kulture exhibition. The event made use of live music to demonstrate how design and sound go together. The stage was designed by Show Gear and some of the artistes who serenaded the crowd with melodious music are Bez, Johnny Drille, Sanmi Conga, MelaMusik, Victor Ademofe, Kaline.

The event was a lively and engaging one as the artistes taught members of the audience choruses to songs and also asked for their suggestions concerning which songs to be performed. T.Y Bello also graced the event with her presence.


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