LAKE CHAD
500 km
ZARIA

Zaria City,

Nigeria

Sacred Land & Storytelling

 

The initial test site for the altar is located in Amhadu Bello University Farm. The ancient city located in Northern Nigeria is steeped in the Sufi Islamic tradition. The aim of the proposal is to create a space for communion with nature through rituals that support the reforestation of the Sahel Region. Desertification of the Sahel affects many urban centres in the region with migration, insurgency, crop failure and food insecurity etc.

As part of the storytelling exercise, I created a detailed reference map of my Lab B Materials project and the focus on world-building, animation and climate. This Miro diagram carefully details all the project references for the artisanal paper research project and provided the platform for world-building and storyboarding the fictional future society. This evolved into a collaborative, speculative fiction with Jake Stephenson-Bartley, a fellow MArch Student at CSM. The diagram is structured around the 'Realms of Power' in conjunction with a condensed timeline. The original template was provided by Faber Futures under the tutelage of Natsai Audrey Chieza.

click the triangles to find out more about urban consequences of desertification
Click above link to access a copy of the reference map & storyboard

G L O S S A R Y

Ablution

Afrofuturism

Agroforestry

Agrosilvopastoral

Albedo

Altar

Artisan

Concentric Zones

Cosmology

Cover Crop

Biodiversity

DDT

Deforestation

Desertification

Degradation

Divinity

Ecology

Fallow

Folklore

Fulani

Funkadelic

Great Green Wall

Green Manure

Grove

Harmattan

Harvest

Hausa

Herdsmen

Horticulturist

Humanity

Indigenous

Ki

Kin

Libations

Liturgy

Lokta

Mulch

Mishkos Kenomagwen

Nature

Nemeton

Nitrogen Fixation

Osogbo Groves

Overgrazing

Pastoralist

Permaculture

Potawatomi

Realm

Reforestation

Urban Sprawl

Sahel

Shrine

Sigmoid Curve

Slash & Burn

Soil Erosion

Water Hyacinth

Yoruba

Zaria

Zaï

raised plan on pilotis allow for minimal soil disturbance and shaded space for programming
REFORESTATION TIMELINE
7-20 YEARS
DEGRADED LAND
0-7 YEARS