African Modernism

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

Edited by Manuel Herz

African Modernism

Edited by Manuel Herz

Distributed for Park Books

640 pages | 909 color plates, 54 halftones, 246 line drawings | 9 1/2 x 13 | © 2015
Paper $79.00 ISBN: 9783906027746 Published August 2015 Not for sale in the United Kingdom or Europe
The late 1950s and early 1960s saw a large number of central and sub-Saharan African countries gaining independence, and one of the key ways in which they expressed their newly established national identity was through distinctive architecture. Parliament buildings, stadiums, universities, central banks, convention centers, and other major public buildings and housing projects were built in daring, even heroic designs—markers of the bright future these nations envisioned after independence.
           
African Modernism is the first book to take a close look at the relationship between these cutting-edge architectural projects and the processes of nation building in Ghana, Senegal, Côte d’Ivoire, Kenya, and Zambia. Presenting some seven hudnred color photographs by celebrated photographers Iwan Baan and Alexia Webster and insightful analyses of the interactions of architectural innovation and developing national political and social cultures, African Modernism will be of interest to historians of architecture and Africa alike.
Contents

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

Review Quotes
Financial Times
"Documenting the grand, optimistic architecture of the post-independence era in Africa, this gorgeous book introduces us to an extraordinary collection of unfamiliar buildings. Their ambitious Modernism was meant to herald a new era; their subsequent neglect and decay tell another story. Yet these structures still dictate the public space and image of many African cities—indeed, they have survived partly because of the poverty and dysfunctional systems that surround them."
Architectural Record
 “African Modernism is a truly remarkable book. It offers intellectual rigor, fascinating insights, and marvelous visuals in equal measure. No book collection on African architecture would be complete without it.”
Archinect
“Several African countries gained hard-fought independence from their colonizers during the 1950s and 1960s, and one way the countries expressed their new national identities was through architecture. . . . African Modernism delves into this relationship between architecture and the complexities of nation building, particularly in Ghana, Senegal, Côte d'Ivoire, Kenya, and Zambia.”
Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians
"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
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