Resilient Cities: Winneba, Ghana

Spring 2015 Grant Recipient


Nancy Takahashi (Architecture) Focusing on the complex interwoven forces of sea level rise and rapid urbanization impacting coastal African cities, this multi-disciplinary project looks at Winneba, Ghana a historic fishing community west of the capital Accra. Winneba sits adjacent to a significant lagoon, which is the sacred heritage grounds of the founding Effutu tribe and is now threatened by vegetation loss, contaminated water, encroaching development, and sea level rise. Through ecologically, culturally, educationally, and econonically based perspectives, our team is asking 'How can Winneba develop an informed plan for growth, one that will re-signify the town's sacred cultural sites in their powerful bio-physical setting?'