“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…)

“Does permanence matter? Ephemeral urbanism” at Architekturmuseum der TU München

How long-term should urban planning be? Munich’s Oktoberfest, the Kumbh Mela pilgrimage in India (or the largest gathering of humans on the planet), the Burning Man Festival in Nevada, and other major events demonstrate that flexible architectural configurations are temporarily deployed around the globe to provide medium-term shelter, often to enormous crowds.

 

Burning Man Festival, USA © 2015 Google, DigitalGlobe

Burning Man Festival, USA © 2015 Google, DigitalGlobe

 

Such structures fulfill a range of functional tasks and are used in religious and cultural festivals or can take the form of military camps, refugee camps, or even temporary mining towns. This show traces a global phenomenon that has become increasingly topical given today’s current state of mass migration triggered by climate change, political strife, and natural disasters. (more…)

“Francis Kéré. Radically Simple” at Architekturmuseum der TU München

The Architekturmuseum der TU München presents “Francis Kéré. Radically Simple”, the most comprehensive exhibition yet on Kéré’s work, covering both his completed designs and his ongoing projects.

 

Francis Kéré »Lycée Schorge« in Koudougou, Burkina Faso, 2016 Foto: Daniel Schwartz/Gran Horizonte Media

Francis Kéré, »Lycée Schorge« in Koudougou, Burkina Faso, 2016, Foto: Daniel Schwartz/Gran Horizonte Media


In addition to the buildings that he planned and realized in his home village of Gando, the exhibition displays his buildings in Africa and China, as well as his projects and designs in Germany, where he won two urban-planning competitions. (more…)