Post-Colonial Constructions

Anti-colonial movements swept across the Sub-Saharan region in the 1950s and 1960s. Years of colonial occupation were overturned, and African leaders faced new political challenges. Chief among these concerns was how to best express their national identity after independence. Architecture in this period became a complex register of inherited modern traditions from colonial occupiers and new expressions of hopes and aspirations. Architects like Demas Nwoko and Pierre Goudiaby boldly experimented with modern formal techniques and African subject matter leaving behind a remarkable body of work which contests simple models of European influence and African vernacular form. This lecture historically contextualizes the issues of decolonization and investigates a range of works from singular monuments to city plans exposing students to the breadth of impressive work from this period.

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