Reblog: Accra’s Mmofra Foundation puts children at the center of public space design

Boys in a hut at Mmofra Foundation's Playtime Park.

Originally published at UrbanAfrica.net by Victoria Okoye. “Mmofra means children,” explains Amowi Phillips of the Mmofra Foundation, giving the backstory on the children’s park that unfolds around us. Overhead, the gray sky and the sprinkle of droplets threaten rain, but here below we’re in an expansive green space full of life and activity. She takes me around… Continue reading Reblog: Accra’s Mmofra Foundation puts children at the center of public space design

Reblog: “Accra’s Efua Sutherland Children’s Park has limited access”

Efua Sutherland Children's Park is full of potential, yet sadly empty. Photo Credit: Victoria Okoye/africanurbanism.net

The 12-acre green space in central Accra known as Efua Sutherland Children’s Park is one of the city’s largest parks. Situated in the city centre and proximate to the government ministries zone, the national theatre and the city’s largest hotel, one might expect the space to be busy on a typical weekend afternoon. But in… Continue reading Reblog: “Accra’s Efua Sutherland Children’s Park has limited access”

“A Changing Accra”: Residents discuss urban challenges and future in architecture-inspired forum

“When I look at Accra, I see a city that has an identity crisis,” said photographer and blogger Nana Kofi Acquah. “If you look at the city, there’s nothing that tells you where we were, where we’ve been, where we are, and where we’re going.”

Nationalism, spatial iconography, political history: Exploring Accra’s “Big Six” monuments for Republic Day

Underpass at Ako-Adjei Interchange, named for Ebenezer Ako-Adjei.

A series of major roundabouts (traffic circles) and one interchange in the city commemorate some of the Big Six, Ghana’s forefathers and leaders of the United Gold Coast Convention political party who agitated for and helped usher in independence from British rule in 1957. On July 1st of each year, Republic Day marks the formal creation… Continue reading Nationalism, spatial iconography, political history: Exploring Accra’s “Big Six” monuments for Republic Day

After the Kantamanto Market fire, an opportunity for participatory planning emerges

Two weeks ago, fire destroyed the immense Kantamanto Market, the huge open-air market linked to Makola in Old Accra, comprised of hundreds of stalls and kiosks where vendors traded secondhand and firsthand goods. The fire, which started in the early hours of Sunday morning, lasted several hours before the Fire Service managed to put out the… Continue reading After the Kantamanto Market fire, an opportunity for participatory planning emerges

Traders and mayor differ on approach to build a modern Kantamanto after fire

“…the overall good that should come out of this is the need for us to take advantage of an unfortunate situation to bring about modernization,” said Accra City Mayor Alfred Vanderpuye, referring to the recent fire that destroyed the immense Kantamanto Market in the city center on Sunday morning. The market is a center for… Continue reading Traders and mayor differ on approach to build a modern Kantamanto after fire