Posted: 03 March 2020
GSA RESEARCH SEMINAR 2020
HOW SHOULD WE BE RESEARCHING AFRICAN ARCHITECTURAL PRODUCTION, URBANISM AND URBANISATION?
Presented by Prof. Nnamdi Elleh
Curated by Prof. Antonio Tomas
Erick Gbolia’s Skyscrapers and Basilicas Grow on Cocoa Trees is a curious object that on the surface looks like a mere cartoon, but which, when explored in depth, tells and interrogates how political and business leaders, architects, planners and scholars, and the general audience, view and imagine the production of modern and contemporary buildings in different parts of the continent. While the historicisation of new architectural objects is acknowledged in different registers, the workers and the real sources of the wealth for building Africa’s contemporary spatial experiences are not acknowledged. How might we commiserate the role of labour and Africa’s natural resources in the construction of the contemporary city and its objects? This question forms the objective of the workshop.