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African Modernism: The Architecture of Independence: Ghana, Senegal, Kenya, Zambia, Cote D'ivoire

by Manuel Herz Park Books
Pub Date:
04/2015
ISBN:
9783906027746
Format:
Hbk 640 pages
Price:
AU$165.00 NZ$171.30
Product Status: Reprint Under Consideration
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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 centres, 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. This groundbreaking new book investigates for the first time the relationship between architecture and nation building in Ghana, Senegal, Kenya, Cote d'Ivoire, and Zambia. It features well over one hundred buildings with brief descriptive texts, images, site plans and selected floor plans and sections. The majority of images is contributed by celebrated Dutch architectural photographer Iwan Baan, documenting 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 Vitra Design Museum Gallery in Weil am Rhein.


 


Winner of the FILAF d'or, the first prize for Best Books on Art 2015 at the FILAF (The International Art Book and Film Festival).


 


Named one of the Most Beautiful Swiss Books 2015.


 


Winner of the DAM Architectural Book Award 2016.

THE NEW DOMAIN: ARCHITECTURE AT THE TIME OF LIBERATION - Manuel Herz

GHANA

Introduction

Photographic Portrait of Accra

Building Documentation

ARCHITECTURE AFTER INDEPENDENCE - Hannah Le Roux

SENEGAL

Introduction

Photographic Portrait of Dakar

Building Documentation

HENRI CHOMETTE: AFRICA AS A TERRAIN OF ARCHITECTURAL FREEDOM - Léo Noyer-Duplaix

CÔTE D’IVOIRE

Introduction

Photographic Portrait of Abidjan

Building Documentation

PROJECT OF A NATION: THE AFRICAN RIVIERA AND THE HÔTEL IVOIRE - Manuel Herz

KENYA

Introduction

Photographic Portrait of Nairobi

Building Documentation

PROXY COLONIALISM: THE EXPORT OF ISRAELI ARCHITECTURE TO AFRICA -Zvi Efrat

ZAMBIA

Introduction

Photographic Portrait of Lusaka

Building Documentation

LAND AND SOCIAL ORDER IN MIDDLE AFRICA - Till Förster

AFRICAN UNIVERSE: AFRICA PLACE AT EXPO 67 - Ingrid Schröder

Appendix

"African Modernism, with its critical essays by a range of authors on specific countries and themes in African architecture of the time, provides an in-depth contextualization of the movement
Manuel Herz is an architect and runs his own studio with offices in Basel and Cologne. He has taught at Bartlett School of Architecture, London, Berlage Institute, Rotterdam, Harvard Graduate School of Design, ETH Studio Basel - Contemporary City Institute, and is currently teaching as a visiting professor for architectural design at ETH Zurich. Includes essays by Zvi Efrat, Till Forster, Manuel Herz, Ingird Schroder. Photographs by Iwan Baan, Alexia Webster.