OASE #82 L’Afrique, C’est Chic. Architecture and Planning in Africa 1950-1970.

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For the last few years there has been a strong revival of interest in the African city across numerous disciplines, including anthropology, sociology and urban history. Since the mid-1990s when Rem Koolhaas placed urban conditions in Lagos on the agenda as a research topic, other architecture and planners have rediscovered the African continent. Architecture historian and heritage agencies are now also studying modern architecture in Africa, which is largely ignored in overviews of twentieth century architecture.

OASE 82 share this current fascination for modern architecture and planning on the African continent, but also expresses reservations. This edition presents a critical historiography of modernistic architecture from 1950 to 1`970, which in many cases still defines the urban landscape in African centres. A photographic project by the young Congolese photographer Sammy Baloji about Avenida Lennine in Maputo, Mozambique, presents a striking profile of twentieth-centure architecture in a former Portuguese colony.

Rotterdam, 2010. 24 x 17 cm, b&w illustrations, 144pp.Paperback.

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