architecture

Afro Modernism: Africa's Avant-Garde Architecture Boom

The 1960s and 70s were an explosive period for experimental architecture in Africa – from vast Toblerone-shaped exhibition centres to giant lily-bud auditoriums. Swiss architect Manuel Herz has tracked down 80 of these lost monuments of African independence for a new book, "African Modernism". Pictured on the left are some of the many triangular prisms that form the FIDAK exhibition centre, which was built in 1975 in the Senegalese capital Dakar to host the country’s biennial international trade fair.

10 Examples of 'Green' Architecture in Africa

We are all trying to go ‘green’: ‘green’ world, ‘green’ city, ‘green’ household. ‘Green’ has become a buzzword for sustainable, safe, energy efficient and/or economic. The Encyclopaedia Britannica describes green architecture as a ‘philosophy of architecture that advocates sustainable energy sources, the conservation of energy, the reuse and safety of building materials, and the siting of a building with consideration of its impact on the environment’.

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