For Issa Diabaté, the architectural issue facing the Ivory Coast is the lack of vision for urban planning. “The consequence of this is the inability to control and monitor urban spaces,” he explains to Design Indaba Conference 2014. The population of Abidjan has grown from 1.2 million in 1979 to 6.5 million in 2014.
This statistic is problematic as the country still lives on 1970s urban planning, placing pressure on the city and its inhabitants.
It is not only the shortage of knowledgeable professionals that poses a challenge according to Diabaté, but also the lack of a vision when it comes to urban planning on a political level that leads to an inability to control, monitor and respond in a sustainable way in the urban environment.
Through his firm, Koffi & Diabaté Architects, he is employing various strategies to not only to ensure better urban practices but also for a future generation of building designers and city makers.