Dessau Institute of Architecture Masters Programme
Masters Thesis Studio Peter Ruge - ‘Learning Health’
Ojo Oluwaseun - Waste HUB
(Work In Progress)
'Managing solid waste is a big challenge in urban areas of Developing countries. In many Developing countries the waste management is highly dependent on landfilling(both engineer and non- engineered) and diverging, but generally low, levels of recycling and composting as well as a general absence of waste incineration and waste-to-energy’ schemes and plants. There are various health problems associated with landfill practices such as Poisonous leachate leak from the landfill contaminating nearby soil and groundwater, emission of the greenhouse methane, breeding grounds for insects and animals.
My thesis is studying the largest landfilling site in Africa which is the Olososun landfill site located in Lagos Nigeria. The Olososun Landfilling site receives about 6,600 tons of waste daily and is home to thousands of people who are involved in informal separation and recycling of waste.
I am currently seeking an architectural intervention on Olososun landfill site which would consider the informal and formal sector involved in waste management in the city. Waste to energy plants are currently being adopted by developed countries to reduce landfill practice. I am proposing a waste to energy facility which takes into consideration a developing and transiting economy.’