After its presentation at the Milan Triennale from 15 October to 28 December 2014 , CIVA is pleased to welcome Africa: Big Change / Big Chance , a richly illustrated and commented exhibition reviewing the architectural and urban situation of an ever-changing continent.
The exhibition aims to address the complex panorama of Africa from an architectural point of view in a context of scarce natural resources and growing urbanization. It will be open until March 1, 2015.
“Big Change, Big Chance” approaches the continent’s phenomena from the two possible interpretations of Africa’s contemporary architectural “opportunities”. “Change” makes reference to the growing tendency of urban concentration by which an estimated 748 million inhabitants will live in the continent in 2030 -outgrowing Europe’s expected 685 million. “Chance“, on the other hand, presents the achievements of the leading players on the architectural scene in Africa since the post-war period, focusing its unique sense of urban modernity, indifferent to technical or aesthetic considerations.
The exhibition is divided into different sections that illustrate urban development in Africa through the most representative cities, such as Lagos, Cairo, and Nairobi, but also through a more comprehensive large-scale point of view, comprising water management projects, energy production facilities and new infrastructural constructions.
Managing large numbers and hypothesis of demographic growth as well as calculations on territorial transformation set the theme for the first half of the exhibition -parts 1 and 2, “the geography of quantities” and “continental architecture”. The second half of the exhibition showcases the continent’s potential for urban development through a historical view on Africa’s modernism and presents the professionals that are likely to shape African cities and landscape in years to come.
The exhibition will be showing works by Ala Kheir (Sudan), Adolphus Opara (Nigeria), Guy Tillim (South Africa), Ali Chraibi (Morocco), Charles Okereke (Nigeria), Kiripi Katembo (Congo), Mack Magagane (South Africa), Mouna Karray (Tunisia), Nadia Ferroukhi (Algeria), Pierrot Men (Madagascar), Justin Plunkett (South Africa).
The exhibition was made by Triennale di Milano in partnership with CIVA and the Aga Khan Architecture Award.