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African Modernism

African Modernism

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

Edited by Manuel Herz
Edited by Ingrid Schröder
Edited by Hans Focketyn
Edited by Julia Jamrozik


Publishing 12th Dec 2022
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    • New edition of the most comprehensive survey of modern architecture in Africa to date
    • An unrivalled study of the close relationship between architecture and nation building after African countries gained independence from their former colonial powers
    • Features detailed descriptions of more than 100 buildings and memorials in Ghana, Senegal, Côte d'Ivoire, Kenya, Zambia
    • Lavishly illustrated with photographs by distinguished artists Iwan Baan und Alexia Webster, as well as with historic images and plans
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    When African Modernism was first published in 2015, it was showered with international praise and has been sought after ever since it went out of print in 2018. Marking Park Books’ 10th anniversary, this landmark book will now be available again.
    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, Côte 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 book’s 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.

    About the Author

    Manuel Herz runs his own design and urban planning studio in Basel and Cologne. He is assistant professor at the University of Basel.
    Ingrid Schröder
    is an architect and director of the MPhil program in Architecture and Urban Design at the University of Cambridge. She was appointed director of the Architectural Association’s School of Architecture in London in May 2022 and will assume that position in August 2022.
    Hans Focketyn
    runs his own architecture firm in Basel and teaches as a professor at Bern University of Applied Sciences’ School of Architecture, Wood and Civil Engineering in Burgdorf, Switzerland.
    Julia Jamrozik
    is an architect and assistant professor at the University of Buffalo’s School of Architecture in Buffalo, NY.

    Park Books
    Publish date
    12th Dec 2022
    Paperback / softback
    World excluding Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Puerto Rico, United States, Canada, and Japan
    320 mm x 235 mm
    640 Pages
    909 color, 54 b&w
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