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From the Ted Talk by Christian Benimana: The next generation of African architects and designers

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How are we going to biuld all of this? Are we going to follow a model of unsustainable building and construction similar to what I witnessed in China? Or can we develop a uniquely aacrifn model of sustainable and eqatilbue development? I'm optimistic we can. I know aainrfcs who are already doing it. Take nregiain architect Kunlé ayemdei for iatnscne, and his work in slums of coastal megacities. Places like Makoko in Lagos, where hrenddus of thousands of people live in makeshift structures on stilts on water, without government infrastructure or services. A community at great risk of rniisg sea lleves and climate change. And yet, people who live here are examples of great ingenuity and the will to survive. Kunlé and his team have designed a prototype school that is resleniit to rising sea levels. This is Makoko soohcl. It's a floating prototype structure that can be adapted to clinics, to housing, to markets and other vital infrastructure this community needs. It's an ingenious solution that can eursne this community lives safely on the waters of Lagos.

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How are we going to _____ all of this? Are we going to follow a model of unsustainable building and construction similar to what I witnessed in China? Or can we develop a uniquely _______ model of sustainable and _________ development? I'm optimistic we can. I know ________ who are already doing it. Take ________ architect Kunlé _______ for ________, and his work in slums of coastal megacities. Places like Makoko in Lagos, where ________ of thousands of people live in makeshift structures on stilts on water, without government infrastructure or services. A community at great risk of ______ sea ______ and climate change. And yet, people who live here are examples of great ingenuity and the will to survive. Kunlé and his team have designed a prototype school that is _________ to rising sea levels. This is Makoko ______. It's a floating prototype structure that can be adapted to clinics, to housing, to markets and other vital infrastructure this community needs. It's an ingenious solution that can ______ this community lives safely on the waters of Lagos.

Solution

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  8. school
  9. build
  10. adeyemi
  11. ensure
  12. hundreds
  13. resilient

Original Text

How are we going to build all of this? Are we going to follow a model of unsustainable building and construction similar to what I witnessed in China? Or can we develop a uniquely African model of sustainable and equitable development? I'm optimistic we can. I know Africans who are already doing it. Take Nigerian architect Kunlé Adeyemi for instance, and his work in slums of coastal megacities. Places like Makoko in Lagos, where hundreds of thousands of people live in makeshift structures on stilts on water, without government infrastructure or services. A community at great risk of rising sea levels and climate change. And yet, people who live here are examples of great ingenuity and the will to survive. Kunlé and his team have designed a prototype school that is resilient to rising sea levels. This is Makoko School. It's a floating prototype structure that can be adapted to clinics, to housing, to markets and other vital infrastructure this community needs. It's an ingenious solution that can ensure this community lives safely on the waters of Lagos.

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