Nigerian designer Olalekan Jeyifous has made the social and economic issues of Lagos, Nigeria, more visible with a conceptual design that transports the city's deprived settlements and impoverished areas to centrally-located high-rises. The project, called Shanty Megastructures, draws attention to the poor standard of living in the slums and aims to empower the dispossessed.
The towers of the imaginary city are intertwined with improvised structures, patches of weathered materials, all linked by a network of roller coasters. The project takes its name from the phrase “Shanty town”, which describes improvised housing developments usually located on the outskirts of cities. This type of development in Lagos is located near the Atlantic Ocean, where architect Kunlé Adeyemi built his highly publicized floating school.
“These images juxtapose sites of privileged and much coveted real-estate throughout Lagos, Nigeria, with colossal vertical settlements representing marginalized and impoverished communities,” said Jeyifous about the project.