African modernity and Architecture Education.
The track ‘African modernity and Architecture Education’ will feature an ensemble of paper sessions, student-to-student skype sessions, roundtables and workshops. The track aims to explore current teaching methods of African Architecture on the African continent and beyond, and to aims to discuss new models for architectural education in the continent. This track is student led.
Over 65 years after the first wave of decolonization in the African continent, architecture education in Africa still reflects the former influence of the old western powers through the educational and theoretical models inherited from the colonial period. This type of education is leading to the development of urban fabrics and utopian architectural ideals which are detached and ill-fitting to the diverse cultural needs and ways of living of the African continent.
But new trends of teaching architecture are observed throughout the continent. Schools of architecture such as the University of Johannesburg are changing their curriculums, proposing more contextual and more adapted methods of looking at architectural design in the continent. Architectural professionals who feel the lack of qualified young architects in the market have taken into their own hands to create architecture schools, fellowships or even whole organizations aiming to train, mentor and link young designers. Through such initiatives a new generation of young African architectural thinkers should emerge.
At the same time, the emerging global interest for the development of Africa can also be seen in architecture schools in the Global North. More and more universities offer projects in Africa and work with African universities.
Through this track, we will open the debate and discuss the necessity for building capacity for adapted education and alternative visions, models and practices of architecture Africa. At the same time, we will discuss the need to develop methods to teach African architecture and urban planning in Western countries.