Africa’s avant-garde architecture: a symbol of independence

By the 1980s privatization kicks in and so too the idea of building exclusively for Africa’s elites. “Public institutions stopped constructing,” says Herz. “This led to a decline in building activity, and to a loss of a building culture and knowledge.”

Today, architects such as Kunle Adeyemi, Mokena Makeka and Francis Kéré are re-engaging Africa’s public into the possibilities of mere concrete.

Of the exhibition, “I am aware that there are many important gaps in the research. Nigeria, Tanzania, DRC or Cameroon, as just some examples, have amazing architecture, and need to be analyzed as well,” adds Herz.

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