Lexicon for the Provisional Future(s)

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energoprojektThe 2007 Belgrade Design Week brought architect-popstar Rem Koolhaas to Belgrade, proliferating a discovery he made in recent years about the origin of some of the amazing mega-infrastructures in the Nigerian city of Lagos. They appeared to be results of Yugoslav engineering genius. Riding on the wave of the Non-Aligned movement it had helped to shape, Yugoslav engineering and construction companies during the 60s and 70s brought modernist city principles to Africa – and many other countries around the world. It may have not directly have brought to Lagos the prosperous future for its new, independent society– but a fabulous infrastructure is there, if not working as planned sometimes at least as a structure to do many things around it, or shelter from the sun. (more…)