Contemporary Architecture in Africa
Boundaries issue n. 1
Boundaries starts with the history of contemporary architecture in Africa.
The signs of a possible change in progress can be felt in many places and countries of this big continent and show how the logic of the global consensus is not the only possible alternative.
The border in Boundaries has nothing to do with the political frontier; it is that line that the imagination continuously moves a bit further beyond the horizon, that pushes us to set forth, that speaks about invention, about discovery. It has nothing to do with the idea of limit; it is rather an invitation: it is the line that divides only to join together, that enhances the differences so that it may be possible to set up a true dialogue.
Boundaries is a review founded and directed by young researchers, architects, urban planners, designers, historians and geographers from all over the world: together we link four continents. Our hope is to reach the most different points of view, not to reconcile the opposites, but to enhance them as a value, to enrich the dialogue.
A hint to the structure of the journal: every issue will address a monographic theme, around which the topics of the articles will be focused. The section “Ideas” proposes some food for thought, crossing different disciplines. The section “That was the year…” will address the history of the 20th Century and will always be present: it will focus each time on a different event that has been particularly important, an achievement that must not be forgotten because it still constitutes an important lesson.
Boundaries starts with the history of contemporary architecture in Africa. The signs of a possible change in progress can be felt in many places and countries of this big continent and show how the logic of the global consensus is not the only possible alternative.
In this first issue: the commitment, the quality of the architectural research, the social awareness of the profession, but also the contradictions one must deal with if one chooses to be an architect in this way.
With contributions from: Francis Kéré, ./studio3, TAMassociati, Dustin Tusnovics, Smale and Partners, Field Architecture, Peter Rich Architects, GAPP Architects – MMA Architects – Mashabane Rose, CMAI Architects, Matali Crasset, OOM Design Workshop, Paul Oosthuizen Architects, Van Ringen Architecten, AA School, Aldo van Eyck.