African Modernism

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

Never before has modern architecture in Africa been studied and presented so comprehensively and thoroughly: a groundbreaking study, lavishly illustrated.

 

 

Titelinformation

Edited by Manuel Herz with Ingrid Schröder, Hans Focketyn, Julia Jamrozik. Photographs by Iwan Baan and Alexia Webster

1st edition

, 2015

Text in English only

Hardback (flexicover)

640 pages, 909 color and 54 b/w illustrations, 246 plans

23.5 x 32 cm

ISBN 978-3-906027-74-6

Inhalt

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.

This groundbreaking new book 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 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 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.

 

Designed by Marie Lusa.

Autoren & Herausgeber

Zvi Efrat

Hans Focketyn

François de Font-Réaulx

Till Förster

Manuel Herz

 runs his own architectural firm 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.

Julia Jamrozik

Hannah Le Roux

Léo Noyer-Duplaix

Ingrid Schröder

Echo

«Documenting the grand, optimistic architecture of the post-independence era in Africa, this gorgeous book (with photos by Iwan Baan and Alexia Webster) introduces us to an extraordinary collection of unfamiliar buildings.» Edwin Heathcote, Financial Times

 

«Ein hervorragendes Übersichtswerk.» Roman Hollenstein, Neue Zürcher Zeitung

 

«Eine Publikation, die in jede Bibliothek über Afrika gehört, und in keinem Regal zur Architektur der 60- und 70er-Jahre fehlen sollte.» Andres Herzog, Hochparterre

 

«In der Zeitspanne, die mit der Gewinnung der afrikanischen Unabhängigkeit einher ging, entstanden teils wundervolle Architekturen, die zum grössten Teil der europäischen Sicht verborgen blieben. Das grosse Verdienst der Ausstellung und des begleitenden Katalogs African Modernism ist es, diese Sicht überhaupt erst zu ermöglichen.» Dirk E. Hebel, werk, bauen + wohnen

 

«Die erste umfassende ‹Bibel› über die Bautätigkeit  in den Sub-Sahara-Ländern.» Claudia Schmid, SonntagsZeitung

 

«Inspirierend und eindringlich: Der faszinierende materielle Ausdruck der Visionen aus den 1960er-Jahren bröckelt und ist noch kaum dokumentiert.» Françoise Krattinger, Heimatschutz/Patrimoine

 

«Dieses Buch ist ohne aufdringliche Didaktik wirklich eine Erweiterung der Perspektive. Die jüngere Geschichte des Kontinents erzählt es nicht aus seinen Defiziten heraus, sondern aus seinen Ambitionen.» Silke Hohmann, MONOPOL

 

«The care that Herz and his fellow editors, Ingrid Schröder, Hans Focketyn, and Julia Jamrozi, have taken to provide a balanced and comprehensive discussion of the origins of modernism in Africa will make this a seminal work in the discourse of African Architecture. It offers intellectual rigor, fascinating insights, and marvellous visuals in equal measures. No book collection on African architecture would be complete without it.» David Adjaye, Architectural Record