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The languages of contemporary architecture in Sub-Saharan Africa: 1960-2020
Why talk about languages? Rewriting the canon – or at least recognizing that the Western canon is not the only lens through which to look at the world – seems a way to tackle the hidden complexities that surround “global” history. In this regard architecture in Sub-Saharan Africa offers elements that can be brought into a less linear and more complex reading of the historiographical narrative.
Tomà Berlanda is Professor of Architectural Technology at the Politecnico di Torino. His research focuses on non-stereotypical readings of urban settings and landscapes in Eastern and Southern Africa. He has co-founded asa studio and astudio.space, two collaborative practices that have produced internationally recognised design work. His publications include Architectural Topographies (2014), and Interpreting Kigali (together with K. H. Smith, 2018).
This event is part of the Building Africa Exhibition which runs to 16 March 2024 at the Brunei Gallery at SOAS. It is open until 20.00 on Thursdays.