munich: afritecture

© fachgebiet holzbau der tu münchen - photography: matthias kestel

africa has entered a new era, and with the newly found abilities and opportunities for a large number of countries to construct a better future, their outlook has never been more promising. a new infrastructure emerges that bears witness to this trend, and one of the fields that contributes to further development is architecture. opening thu - sep 12 [7pm] at the pinakothek der moderne in munich is afritecture - building social change, an exhibition which sheds light on the many new and innovative approaches in which contemporary architecture contributes to a positive change in general, and socially committed buildings, such as schools, marketplaces, hospitals and cultural centers in particular.

the show is a collab with architekturmuseum der tu münchen, and explores projects that have been initiated by architects and whose conceptualization incorporates global relationships in addition to those of local culture and individual social groups. by taking into account ecological, economic and social aspects several architects have developed sustainable approaches and solutions to some of the continent’s most pressing design challenges. no less than 28 projects from ten countries within sub-saharan africa are featured, including kenya, nigeria, burkina faso and south africa. all these projects have been developed since 2000, and have been planned by african, european, as well as north american architects and practices. location: barerstrasse 40 [maxvorstadt].

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