Bukka was formed in 2003 with the intentions of understanding the built environment in 'non - occidental' societies at both the scale of the city and the building. The word Bukka we felt symbolised an inclusivity which was drawn from the 'everymans' space of the roadside restaurant in Nigeria. Bukka has always been seen as an inclusive space which will permit a dialogue on spatial issues through a variety of prisms: cultural, art, literary and the more conventional forms of architectural and urban notation.
We live in an urban world, it is estimated that 75% of the worlds population would live in cities by the year 2050. As we enter this urban age with its proliferation of mega cities, we feel there is an urgent need to review the formation of cities particularly in the developing world where a hyper-urban formation is dominant. These spaces hold some of the world's largest poverty footprints and present the biggest challenge to the often privileged professions of architecture and urban planning. Ultimately space urban or rural and its attendant infrastructure provides an opportunity to impact and improve the quality of people's lives. This fact informs our intentions and has engaged our minds and activities in Bukka.
Since our formation, we have been involved in debates, exhibitions and conferences which have centred on architecture and urbanism in the developing world. As we move forward, we hope to build on the work we have done by setting out a more ambitious medium term agenda that will work towards our trusts objectives. We are also opening our doors to wider participation to ensure the spirit of inclusivity which lies at the heart of our organisation is actualised.
bukka is a research and educational trust registered as a charity in the UK (charity number 11079963). We rely on donations from founder members and friends and receive no government or corporate sponsorship. Founded in 2003, our main concern has been the developing world city; our focus to date has been Lagos. We have sought to read the city through cultural artefacts and codes that cumulatevely unravel a city that is often read as a chaotic agglomeration that defies orthodox urbanism. It is bukka's ambition to influence not only architects and designers, but crucially those who make policy in the urban development context.