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The continent of Africa--which today has the highest rate of urbanization and the youngest population in the world--will add almost one billion new urban dwellers by 2050 (WUP, UN). This phenomenal transformation represents simultaneously a huge opportunity and potential humanitarian catastrophe. In response, the concept of “low design” is a materials-driven strategy for developing and deploying low-cost and ultra-low cost architectural solutions that have low carbon footprint and low environmental impact. Derived from the “kiosk culture”
reading of contemporary African urbanism, and integrating techniques of earth construction, bamboo architecture, prefabricated modular steel semi-octet truss system and 3Ematerials
(i.e. Electrical and Electronic Equipment) together with digital design and fabrication in a social
entrepreneurship framework, engineering design case studies from Ghana and Nigeria present--at different scales--the associated “microtecture” approach of architecture robots and ANAM model of hybrid agropolitan or rurban (“rural + urban”) smart cities for Africa.