The Senseable Lagos Lab, the first MIT Senseable City research center in Africa, was opened by Lagos State Governor Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Thursday, December 15, 2022 in Isimi Lagos, Epe.

The program was formally unveiled at the inaugural Lagos Future City Week, which LandWey organized. It is sponsored by Nigeria’s top residential real estate firm, LandWey Investment Ltd., in collaboration with the MIT Senseable City Lab team and the Lagos State Government.

“I wholeheartedly commend Landwey Investment for attracting this partnership,” said Governor Sanwo-Olu, who was represented at the historic event by his Special Adviser on SDGs and Investment, Solape Hammond. The launch of the Senseable Lagos Lab is an exciting project for us because it follows our climate adaptation and sustainable resilience plan for Lagos. We have identified a number of projects that will assist us in addressing this, including waste management, flood risk, green building, and other challenges. Thus, it is exciting to see this partnership come to fruition because it will help us address some, if not all, of these challenges.”

Regarding the partnership’s implications for education, Hammond stated: “We recently formed the University of Science and Technology, which will concentrate on producing graduates who will be offering solutions through science and technology. This makes it a good time for this relationship because Lagos has many colleges that the Senseable City Lab and Isimi Tech Valley may collaborate with across the state. She remarked.

Carlo Ratti, co-founder and director of the MIT Senseable City Labs, presented the goal of the research project to the audience during the event, concentrating on some of the worldwide solutions the facility produced via its meticulous research.

“This is our first relationship in Africa, therefore we are thrilled about it. Building sustainable cities all around the world has made us more aware of the unique characteristics of each urban area. Every one of them has a unique problem, and we use data to offer answers. We are eager to give data-driven solutions while also being intrigued about Lagos’ environmental concerns, Ratti said.

The Senseable Lagos Lab will bring together researchers from numerous academic fields to work in real time on ground-breaking concepts and inventive real-world demonstrations in Lagos State with the overarching objective of anticipating future trends. The Venice Biennale, the Design Museum Barcelona, the Canadian Centre for Architecture, and the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York are just a few of the prestigious locations where MIT Senseable City Lab’s work has been displayed. The Best Invention of the Year award from TIME Magazine in 2007 (Digital Water Pavilion) and 2014 are only two of numerous accolades (Copenhagen Wheel).

The partnership between Isimi Tech Valley and MIT Senseable City Lab, which is dedicated to encouraging the adoption of sustainable living in Nigeria and, by extension, Africa, aims to offer data-led, long-term solutions to the ever-growing Megacity, which will in turn inspire greater investment.

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