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AFRICAN MODERNISM. The Architecture of Independence. Ghana, Senegal, Côte d'Ivoire, Kenya, Zambia | Manuel Herz, Ingrid Schröder, Hans Focketyn, Julia Jamrozik | 9783906027746

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AFRICAN MODERNISM

The Architecture of Independence. Ghana, Senegal, Côte d'Ivoire, Kenya, Zambia

Auteur:Manuel Herz, Ingrid Schröder, Hans Focketyn, Julia Jamrozik

Uitgever:PARK BOOKS

ISBN: 978-3-906027-74-6

  • Paperback
  • Engels
  • 640 pagina's
  • 19 feb. 2015

In the 1950s and 1960s, most African countries gained independence from their respective colonial power. Architecture became one of the principal means by which the newly formed countries expressed their national identity.

Parliament buildings, central banks, stadiums, convention centers, universities and independence memorials were built, often to heroic and daring designs. At the same time, these buildings exemplify also the difficulties, contradictions and dilemmas these countries experienced in their nation-building process.

The groundbreaking book 'AFRICAN MODERNISM' investigates for the first time the relationship between architecture and nation building in Ghana, Senegal, Côte d'Ivoire, Kenya, and Zambia. It features 103 buildings with brief descriptive texts, images, site plans and selected floor plans and sections. The vast majority of images, commissioned especially for this book, is contributed by Iwan Baan and Alexia Webster. Their photographs (by Iwan Baan and Alexia Webster) document the buildings in their present state.

In the 1950s and 1960s, most African countries gained independence from their respective colonial power. Architecture became one of the principal means by which the newly formed countries expressed their national identity.

Parliament buildings, central banks, stadiums, convention centers, universities and independence memorials were built, often to heroic and daring designs. At the same time, these buildings exemplify also the difficulties, contradictions and dilemmas these countries experienced in their nation-building process.

The groundbreaking book 'AFRICAN MODERNISM' investigates for the first time the relationship between architecture and nation building in Ghana, Senegal, Côte d'Ivoire, Kenya, and Zambia. It features 103 buildings with brief descriptive texts, images, site plans and selected floor plans and sections. The vast majority of images, commissioned especially for this book, is contributed by Iwan Baan and Alexia Webster. Their photographs (by Iwan Baan and Alexia Webster) document the buildings in their present state. Each country is portrayed in an introductory text and a timeline of historic events. Further essays on post-colonial Africa and specific aspects and topics, also illustrated with images and documents, round out this outstanding book.


Published to coincide with an exhibition at Vira Design Museum Gallery in Weil am Rhein (20 February to 31 May 2015).

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