Mokoko, the Venice of Lagos, Built on a Pile of Rubbish
What would you get if you combined chaotic, bottom-up urban development in Nigeria with seasteading? Perhaps something like Mokoko, a region of Lagos built on the water. Residents pay to have trash delivered to their doorsteps to build landfill. In a city of 10 million, about 100,000 live on water. Watch this excerpt below from the BBC special. It’s astounding–I’m mean just heroic, to see these entrepreneurs who specialize in squeezing everything they can out of such difficult circumstances. Layers and layers of ingenuity and relentlessly resourceful people. Think about their process to create land, discovered when they realized how quickly wooden plank bridges rotted: they pay about 30 pence per pile to have rubbish diverted their way from a local dump. They collect it and pile it and wait six months for it to settle. Six months! They then cover it with sawdust (collected from nearby saw mills) to mitigate any repugnant smells. Finally, once it’s stable, they cover it yet again with sand and stomp on it. Voila–land! Trial and error at its best.