Never before has modern architecture in Africa been studied and presented so comprehensively and thoroughly: a groundbreaking study, lavishly illustrated.
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.
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
640 pages, 909 color and 54 b/w illustrations, 246 plans
23.5 x 32 cm
Published to coincide with an exhibition at Vira Design Museum Gallery in Weil am Rhein (20 February to 31 May 2015).