African Modernism

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

 

African Modernism investigates the close relationship between architecture and nation-building in Ghana, Senegal, Cote d'Ivoire, Kenya, and Zambia. It features 100 buildings with brief descriptive texts, images, site plans, selected floor plans and sections.

 

The vast majority of images were taken by Iwan Baan and Alexia Webster especially for the books first edition, documenting the buildings in their present state. Each country is portrayed through an introductory text and a timeline of historic events.

 

Additional essays on specific aspects and topics of postcolonial Africa, likewise richly illustrated with images and documents, round out this outstanding volume.

Pages

640

Dimensions

32.8 x 24cm

ISBN

9783038602941

Product code

167879

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About the exhibition
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Tropical Modernism: Architecture and Independence

Tropical Modernism was an architectural style developed in the hot, humid conditions of West Africa in the 1940s. After independence, India and Ghana adopted the style as a symbol of modernity and progressiveness, distinct from colonial culture.

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