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AFRICAN MODERNISM: THE ARCHITECTURE OF INDEPENDENCE -- GHANA, SENEGAL, COTE D'IVOIRE, KENYA, ZAMBIA. Ed. by Manuel Herz et al. Park Books, Zurich, 2015. Distributed in the U.S.A. by University of Chicago Press. 640 pp. with 1105 ills. (904 col.). 32 x 24 cm. ISBN 9783906027746 In English.
This book coincides with the related exhibition titled "Making Africa: A Continent of Contemporary Design" presented at Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein, but does not specifically document the show. Publisher's description: The late 1950s and early 1960s saw a large number of Central and Sub-Saharan African countries gaining independence, and one of the key ways in which they expressed their newly established national identity was through distinctive architecture. Parliament buildings, stadiums, universities, central banks, convention centers, and other major public buildings and housing projects were built in daring, even heroic designs -- markers of the bright future these nations envisioned after independence. African Modernism is the first book to take a close look at the relationship between these cutting-edge architectural projects and the processes of nation building in Ghana, Senegal, Cote d'Ivoire, Kenya, and Zambia. Presenting some seven hundred color photographs by celebrated photographers Iwan Baan and Alexia Webster and insightful analyses of the interactions of architectural innovation and developing national political and social cultures, African Modernism will be of interest to historians of architecture and Africa alike.
Indexing: Western, Africa, Non-Western in a Western Style — Post-1945 — Architecture
Plans: 71
Worldwide Number: 166447
Paperbound $79.00x (libraries receive a 10% discount on this title)    

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