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African Modernism: The Architecture of Independence. Ghana, Senegal, Cote d'Ivoire, Kenya, Zambia

Author/EditorHerz, Manuel (Author)
Schroeder, Ingrid (Author)
Focketyn, Hans (Author)
Jamrozik, Julia (Author)
Publisher: Park Books
ISBN: 9783038602941
Pub Date08/12/2022
BindingPaperback
Pages640
Dimensions (mm)320(h) * 235(w)
New edition of the most comprehensive survey of modern architecture in Africa to date that explores the close relationship between architecture and nation building after African countries gained independence from their former colonial powers.
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When the first edition of African Modernism was published in 2015, it was received with international praise and has been sought after constantly ever since it went out of print in 2018. Marking Park Books' 10th anniversary, we publish a new edition of this landmark book.


In the 1950s and 1960s, most African countries gained independence from their respective colonial power. Architecture became one of the principal means by which the newly formed countries expressed their national identity. African Modernism investigates the close relationship between architecture and nation building in Ghana, Senegal, Cote d'Ivoire, Kenya, and Zambia. It features 103 buildings with brief descriptive texts, images, site plans and selected floor plans and sections. The vast majority of images were newly taken by Iwan Baan and Alexia Webster for the book's first edition. Their photographs document the buildings in their present state. Each country is portrayed in an introductory text and a timeline of historic events. Further essays on post-colonial Africa and specific aspects and topics, also illustrated with images and documents, round out this outstanding volume.

When the first edition of African Modernism was published in 2015, it was received with international praise and has been sought after constantly ever since it went out of print in 2018. Marking Park Books' 10th anniversary, we publish a new edition of this landmark book.


In the 1950s and 1960s, most African countries gained independence from their respective colonial power. Architecture became one of the principal means by which the newly formed countries expressed their national identity. African Modernism investigates the close relationship between architecture and nation building in Ghana, Senegal, Cote d'Ivoire, Kenya, and Zambia. It features 103 buildings with brief descriptive texts, images, site plans and selected floor plans and sections. The vast majority of images were newly taken by Iwan Baan and Alexia Webster for the book's first edition. Their photographs document the buildings in their present state. Each country is portrayed in an introductory text and a timeline of historic events. Further essays on post-colonial Africa and specific aspects and topics, also illustrated with images and documents, round out this outstanding volume.

Manuel Herz runs his own design and urban planning studio in Basel and Cologne. He is assistant professor at the University of Basel. Ingrid Schroeder is an architect and director of the MPhil program in Architecture and Urban Design at the University of Cambridge. She was appointed director of the Architectural Association's School of Architecture in London in May 2022 and will assume that position in August 2022. Hans Focketyn runs his own architecture firm in Basel and teaches as a professor at Bern University of Applied Sciences' School of Architecture, Wood and Civil Engineering in Burgdorf, Switzerland. Julia Jamrozik is an architect and assistant professor at the University of Buffalo's School of Architecture in Buffalo, NY.

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