We are told that building beautiful modern communities in the Niger Delta's riverside,coastal and creek-side areas are difficult because of the terrain. But I believe that one of the problems of the new developments is that they are alien for the people it is meant for.
By combining sustainable materials like palm timber,low-cost roofing materials(from palm trees) with modern materials like steel, concrete, and ingenuity you can reproduce modern cites and towns.
These cities an communities have the potential of sprouting up from Makoko to Eket along the coast and could look like Malaysia's Sepang Gold Coast or the Citadel floating apartment complex.
I have blogged about designing abodes for riverside communities in the past and now believe that we can do something about it.
Photos courtesy of Skyscrapercity and Popular Science