The Akwa Ibom- Five Cities Urban Renewal Project is an important and major step in the creation of quality public spaces for an ever increasing urban population in Nigeria. The design solutions aim to achieve two things: to solve immediate problems and add value to each community by providing public spaces for people, as well as providing solutions that not only create public spaces, but also address more far-reaching infrastructural issues such as drainage and pedestrian safety. These two points work in concert with one another throughout the design process.
The Oron Museum Park takes advantage of its idyllic beach side location, and existing cultural museum to provide a quality public park and local tourist destination. Providing increased access to the beachfront from beyond the existing cultural museum and developing significant public spaces were major goals. The layout of the new shop houses were designed to increase access and flow toward the beach, and its whimsical orientation creates a variety of public spaces.
Eket Central Park: The park is situated on the existing vacant grounds of the town football stadium. The park’s central location allows it to function as the Eket’s main public open space. It contains a great civic lawn, large gathering space at the stadium, ball fields, amphitheater, walking trails, and native and lush gardens. Since stormwater and runoff is a major issue in Eket (and in Nigeria as a whole), an integrated stormwater management approach is developed into the overall design of the park and 100% of stormwater is maintained on-site through bio-retention gardens.