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Old November 7th, 2006, 03:13 PM   #1
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ABUJA | Technology Village Development News

LAYOUT OF THE PROJECT: it will be the AFRICA´S BIGGEST IT-RELATED INVESTMENT PROJECT.


















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Old November 7th, 2006, 03:15 PM   #2
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Federal Government gives its approval for Nigeria's Technology Valley

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The Federal Government recently approved the establishment of a Technology Village for software and manpower development in the area of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), in Abuja, Nigeria's federal capital. The tech village is expected to cost between $600 to 800 Million Dollars.

According to the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Mallam Nasir el Rufai, who appears to be prime motivator behind the initiative, "what we hope to do with the village is to have the highest quality infrastructure attracting the best brains in information and bio-technology, pharmaceutical and IT research". The technology village is expected to provide employment for about 60,000 people, with the eventual aim of boosting growth and performance through information technology.

The Minister said though the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology had been working on the village since 2001, Nigerians in the diaspora interested in the village made it a reality by investing millions of dollars to do the business plan and feasibility study.

One of the aims of Nigeria's IT policy is for Nigeria to be an exporter of information technology products. India, which has already led other developing nations in this regard, benefits tremendously from the performance of its information technology industry. India is today the recognized and leading IT outsourcing hub in the world. With the global trend indicating phenomenal growth in outsourcing Nigeria can't afford to be left behind.

Some have dubbed the technology as Nigeria's Silicon Valley. The aim of the National IT policy and the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) is ensure Nigeria as a nation not just benefits from the advances in information technology, but also becomes a key player in information technology.

While information about the technology village mentions the involvement of Nigerians in diaspora, reports indicate that it is largely a government affair with still little input from local IT professionals.

Interesting some active participants in Nigeria's ICT sector are not too enamored with the choice of Abuja. For instance, the Computer and Allied Products Dealers Association of Nigeria would have preferred a development of Ikeja technology market - also known as the computer village - in Lagos which is Nigeria's current IT hotspot. And for many involved in IT, Lagos and not Abuja is where most IT activities are currently concentrated.

However, to make a meaningful impact, it is expected that the tech village will be a collaborative effort that addresses issues involving all stakeholders. It certainly appears to be a positive step for information technology empowerment in Nigeria.

The construction will begin in early 2007.
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AND THERE IS ANOTHER PROJECT, TOO!

ABUJA´S INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY. This will be the AIST component (designed by Italian star architect Massimiliano Fuksas)








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Italian Star Architect Fuksas to Design Science and Technology Institute in Nigeria


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“I wanted to design something to remember the Mandela philosophy,” says Massimiliano Fuksas of the African Institute of Science and Technology (AIST). In May the Italian star architect won the RIBA-organized international competition to design the AIST, which will be located immediately south of the Nigerian capital of Abuja and will help foster the economic development of Nigeria and Sub-Saharan Africa.

Built for the private organization The Nelson Mandela Institution for Knowledge Building and the Advancement of Science and Technology in Sub-Saharan Africa, the 2.6 million-square-foot, $360 million complex will provide research and education facilities for scientists and engineers. Faculty and administration buildings will surround the central Nelson Mandela Square.

Constructed from local timber, stone and brick, campus buildings will incorporate sustainable technologies, such as water harvesting and photovoltaic technology. Traditional textile patterns and African “red earth” structures inspired Fuksas’s design: In plan view, residential quarters are designed as long, sinuous interconnecting shapes. Individual faculty complexes, each one different from the other, comprise buildings grouped around internal streets and courtyards. Vertical openings in the buildings’ timber skin will filter light and promote natural ventilation.

The site will be crossed by access roads linking the institute to a planned public park and open-air museum on a former mining site to the west and a future sports complex to the south. The Abuja Technology Village, a cluster of high-technology companies and for-profit research intuitions, will develop around the campus.

Fuksas was selected from a shortlist that included Allies and Morrison Architects, Office for Metropolitan Architecture, Saucier + Perrotte Architectes, SeARCH, and Rafael Vinoly Architects. “This is much more than a huge project,” says Fuksas. “It is also a way of seeing whether it is possible to do architecture in a continent which has seen so much suffering in the past."
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Old November 7th, 2006, 03:48 PM   #5
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Woah. The second project is my favourite.
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So you are saying they will actually have computers? In Africa?
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So you are saying they will actually have computers? In Africa?
What a stupid comment

As for this project, its fantastic, one of the best on the continent
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Im sorry for the ignorance but is there demand for all those housing units for such a project to be profitable?
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Old April 7th, 2007, 04:26 PM   #9
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There is too much of a deman, this project is even too small... Nigeria has a population oof 140 million and Abuja is our only WOrld Class city. 140 million - 1 world class city... Figur it out...

I think this project looks more like a tourist development tho, this is a good thing loL!!
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Some more renders and models of the AIST complex. enjoy!

















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Kinda a new Sillicon Valley
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