Approaches to Architecture in Africa

The other day, I was talking with some non-architect friends about the kind of architecture I want to do and my desire to explore how we as Africans can (and should) find new expressions for our built environment that are uniquely ours. New ways to move forward, as I put it. They were very intrigued, and wanted to know what I meant exactly, and how one goes about achieving that. I admit, I found it a bit difficult to answer their questions since I am still looking for the clue myself!

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Afritecture and Moving Forward for African Architecture

The term Afritecture was introduced by Andres Lepik in his curated exhibit and book by the same name, which looks at contemporary sustainable African architecture, its ethos and its emerging players. It inscribes itself in the current trend of thinking about Africa and its Architecture in a deeper way, which is particularly relevant given the strong interest many European architects are showing in the continent. Because of Africa's colonial past,

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