Best of Africa

A series of projects, interviews and exhibitions offer an insight into African cultural scene.

united4design, Niamey 2000, Niamey, Niger, 2017. Photo Torsten Seidel
Together with the release of Future African Cities that comes with Domus 1015, Domusweb has selected some of the most recent projects that offer an insight on the vast African design scene. Many local and international studios took the climatic, cultural and economic challenges of countries such as Congo, Niger and Senegal as a stimulus for the creation of sustainable and socially useful buildings. In Europe, a series of exhibitions investigate the new urban fabrics, and the relationship between architecture and post colonial policies, while the lively art scene is well represented by important pavilions at the Venice Art Biennale, like Egypt and Nigeria.

– Realized by united4design in Niamey, Niger, this brick housing building increases density and strives to address more than the need for culturally appropriate housing.

– The eco-village in Senegal designed by TAMassociati will become a symbol of eco-modernity, proportioned to the technical, managerial, and agricultural self-sufficiency of local communities.

– We interviewed Diébédo Francis Kéré on the occasion of his talk during Milano Arch Week: is furthermore evident that sustainability is the idea at the centre of his practice.

– Officine dell’Immagine Gallery in Milan hosts a show entirely dedicated to the complex and multifaceted artistic scene of the countries of the so-called Sub-Saharan Africa.

– The Egyptian pavilion at the Biennale Arte 2017 in Venice features Moataz Nasr’s video fable. Shot in a village in the Egyptian countryside, it tells of the fear that inhibits action, an experience common to humanity. #BiennaleArte2017

– The house designed by Three14Architects in Cape Town is conceived as a series of horizontal slabs which slide between two massy, shielding vertical elements at the flanking ends.

Steyn Studio’s chapel in Bosjes features a roof constructed from a slim concrete cast shell, which supports itself as each undulation dramatically falls to meet the ground.

– Located in the heart of a plantation system, the research center designed by OMA in Congo aims to become a vector for a social and ecological shift.

Botswana has been able to engage with modernity and modernization on its own terms: for the Motswana life exists in a staged relation to the city.

– After one year of research, the Vitra Design Museum and Dubai-based magazine Brownbook present an exhibition on architecture and society in the MENA region (Middle East, North Africa).

– The exhibition “Art/Afrique, le nouvelle atelier” at Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris is based on Jean Pigozzi’s splendid collection, lent and exhibited on several occasions has become fundamental. Now it reveals how precious it is and not just for that continent.

– The exhibition at ETH Zurich unfolds the relationships between architecture, military measures, colonial policies, and the planned production and distribution of visual records.

Top: united4design, Niamey 2000, Niamey, Niger, 2017. Photo Torsten Seidel

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