This project is a social vision and a master plan for a 12,000 hectares site on the Afram Plains near Lake Volta, Ghana. The design challenge was to create a vertically-integrated industrial agriculture operation, along with the necessary industrial, residential, and infrastructural components that would be required for a project resulting in an urban settlement of 30,000 people over 15 years. Overall, this project represents a new model for large-scale industrial agriculture in Africa, whose principles and components can be adapted for sites elsewhere. The proposal demonstrates how the International Finance Corporation’s (IFC) Sustainability Performance Standards can be met through thoughtful design. The IFC’s standards are very general guidelines, offering little guidance for how these standards can be met with physical design. For this reason, this conceptual masterplan can be a useful model for future agribusiness city projects seeking IFC approval.
African Agricultural-Urban Prototype Settlement
Afram Plains, Ghana
2013 — 2014
mixed, landscape, infrastructure, residential
Kobi Ruthenberg, Aaron Weller, Alexander D’Hooghe, Larisa Ovalles
P-REX (Dir: Alan Berger)