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Agadez II -- An African Desert Utopia

This project details the futures of more than 100 cities and towns across the globe as they fight to overcome all the grave environmental challenges of the 21st century. As part of this process, we highlight the future of the Agadez II in Niger.

On the edge of the Sahara desert, a visionary eco-friendly city rises above the sandy rocks in the early 22nd century, embodying harmony, love, and fairness at its core. This utopian enclave, built with cutting-edge green technology and sustainable practices, transforms the harsh desert landscape into a series towering mud-clay fabricated sky-scrappers. Within them, vertical gardens are perched between levels and blue-green rock lichens adorn the mud-clay rooftops and walls, offering cooling sanctuaries amidst the arid environment. Water conservation systems, including advanced desalination and recycling technologies, ensure a steady supply of fresh water, nurturing both people and the verdant flora. Elevators run up and down each desert tower on renewable energy, reducing carbon footprints and fostering a sense of connectedness among the city's inhabitants.

The social fabric of this desert utopia is woven with threads of love, fairness, and community spirit. Every resident, regardless of background, enjoys equal access to education, healthcare, and opportunities for personal growth. Public spaces, designed to encourage interaction and inclusivity, host a myriad of cultural and social events that celebrate diversity and foster mutual respect. Local governance operates transparently, with citizens actively participating in decision-making processes, ensuring that everyone's voice is heard. Innovative social programs support the vulnerable, while community-driven initiatives promote environmental stewardship and collective well-being. In this harmonious blend of sustainable living and social equity, the eco-friendly desert city stands as a beacon of hope, demonstrating that with vision and commitment, a utopian society is not just a dream, but a tangible reality.


Agadez II was one of the 100 cities we produced for the Ways to Utopia exhibition at the Bauhaus Museum, Germany.

(Open April 1st 2023 to Jan 29th 2024).


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