Industrial Urbanism:

The Commodification of Electronic Waste In Lagos


African cities have a unique opportunity to re-think the character of manufacturing. This sector has been relatively under-developed in relation to the rest of the western world, who already have deep historical relationships with manufacturing; such as Victorian Industrial typologies of the first industrial revolution witnessed in London and New York. There may be more opportunities to integrate industry in metropolitan areas since late comers can start from scratch.


In order to drive new eco-friendly manufacturing, a logical approach to city planning advocating for “Industrial Urbanism” uncovers huge opportunities in the development of advanced manufacturing technologies. Urban manufacturing offers a chance to locate living-wage jobs closer to where people live.