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Book Book Leiden University catalogue Leiden University catalogue
Title:L'Afrique, c'est chic: architectuur en planning in Afrika, 1950-1970 = Architecture and planning in Africa, 1950-1970
Editors:Lagae, JohanISNI
Avermaete, Tom
Cunha Matos, M.
Series:Oase (ISSN 0169-6238)
City of publisher:Rotterdam
Publisher:NAi Uitgevers/Publishers
Geographic term:Africa
urban environment
urban planning
architectural history
Abstract:This issue of the Dutch architecture journal 'Oase' assesses the recent rediscovery by architecture historians and urban planners of Africa's urban architecture. Against the dominant discourse of the 'informal' or even 'invisible' African city, it presents contributions that highlight to what extent the contemporary urban condition in Africa is geared by a 'hardware' that to a large degree was developed in the 1950s and 1960s. A number of case studies demonstrate to what extent former national, colonial and even linguistic boundaries were blurred, due to more complex trajectories of import and export of expertise. Via micro-histories of the Mission Franšaise d'Urbanisme in Kinshasa (Democratic Republic of Congo), new settlements linked to the Volta River Project in Ghana, the work of Israeli architects in Africa, colonial architecture in Angola and Mozambique, and urban planner Michel Ecochard and his trajectory on the African continent, the issue questions the colonial-postcolonial dichotomy. The case studies are preceded by a reflection on the historiography of modern architecture in Africa. [ASC Leiden abstract]