“African Mobilities” at Architekturmuseum der TU München

At a time when international borders are being violently redrawn, maintained and policed, and domestic territories are increasingly implicated with accelerated geo-political re-alignments and capitalist circuits of extraction, this exhibition seeks to explore how architecture responds to the complexity of African Mobilities – beyond the figure of the refugee. African cities are reconsidered as sites of innovation, rapid transformations, new architectural typologies, infrastructures and technologies.

 

Shanty Megastructure © Olalekan Jeyifous

Shanty Megastructure © Olalekan Jeyifous

 

African Mobilities is not concerned exclusively with the architecture of the refugee camp. Instead, it seeks to explore how cities and towns might become sites of refuge for African populations on the move, while simultaneously reckoning with the ways in which colonial geographies of extraction are enfolded within seemingly new zones of resource extraction. (more…)

Sepia-colored Tunisia: photographs from the 1892 European Historical Exhibition

The photographs, which belong to some of the oldest collections in the Archeological Museum in Madrid, feature Tunisian architectures, monuments, cities and landscapes, as well as its society’s traditions.

 

Sepia-colored Tunisia: photographs from the 1892 European Historical Exhibition © MAN

Sepia-colored Tunisia: photographs from the 1892 European Historical Exhibition © MAN

 

The Archeological Museum in Madrid is presenting an exhibition showcasing some of the most representative images and photographs from the museum’s archives, going back to the very first exhibition displayed at the MAN. The name of the exhibition, “Túnez en sepia” (Sepia-colored Tunisia) is a comprehensive collection of original photographs showing the customs and society of nineteenth-century Tunisia which were donated by the Bey of Tunisia himself. (more…)

New African Architecture on the spotlight at arc en rêve in Bordeaux

The cultural centre and gallery devoted to architecture is organizing, in partnership with Frac Acquitaine, a competition and exhibition on young architects working in Africa.

 

Youngs Architects in Africa exhibition © Beatty-Vermeiren

Youngs Architects in Africa exhibition © Beatty-Vermeiren

 

Arc en rêve centre d’architecture, located in Bordeaux, France presents the exhibition Young Architects in Africa from 24 September to 22 November.

Organised by Architecture-Studio, the competition and exhibition entitled Young Architects in Africa aim to showcase architectural creativity in Africa by turning the spotlight on a young generation of architects that shows great promise from an international perspective. The exhibition focuses on the environmental and participative nature of the projects, which represent the social and community values embodied by young architects in Africa. (more…)

Vitra Design Museum offers a new insight on African Modernism

Showcasing over 80 buildings in five countries, the exhibition shows the countries’ efforts to join an architectural ideal of progress and modernity to the simultaneous nation-building process that was taking place in the 1960’s.

 

Rinaldo Olivieri, La Pyramide, Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire), 1973. Photo © Iwan Baan

Rinaldo Olivieri, La Pyramide, Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire), 1973. Photo © Iwan Baan

 

The Vitra Design Gallery in Weil am Rhein is hosting an exhibtion on a remarkable and rather unknown period of architectural history, set in the 1960’s post-colonialist Africa. It adresses the relationship between the architectural production of five countries and their individual nation-building processes.

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“Big Change / Big Chance”: Africa’s opportunities for the new century, now showing at CIVA Brussels.

The exhibition, made for the Triennale di Milano, will be open until March 1, 2015. Its aim is to approach the continent’s potential through a comprehensive analysis of its landscape, infrastructures and urban development posibilities.

 

Nouackchott, Mauritanie. Photograph by Jerôme Chenal

Nouackchott, Mauritanie. Photograph by Jerôme Chenal

 

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.

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