HT1201 - Theoretical Frameworks in Afrocentric Architecture
SESSION TWO: Introduction to the African contribution to global architecture, from antiquity till the present. Covers theoretical frameworks used by architects in their built works, throughout Africa and the Diaspora. The course will be framed by research and theoretical frameworks published by Professor Hughes: Afrocentric Architecture: a design primer.
Course Details and Overview
April 10th - May 16th, 2021
Week One: Introduction to Afrocentric architecture- a theory
Week Two: KEMET (Egypt)- The Beginning- Pyramid Age, Sakkara, Pyramid Age- Dashur to Giza
Week Three: KEMET- Temples, Luxor, Karnak & Waset (Thebes), Abydos, Denderra, Essna, Edfu Kom
Ombo, Philae, Abu Simbel
Week Four: ABYSSINIA (Ethiopia)- Addis Ababa, Aksum, Lalibala (stone-cut churches), Gondar (city
Week Five: ZIMBABWE- Great Zimbabwe, Khami, Bulawayo (Matapos)
WEST AFRICAN KINGDOMS- Ghana, Mali, Songhai & Benin
Week Six: Theoretical manifestation-recognition and Practicum (African American Architects)
Theoretical embrace and impact- Global recognition- CPDI Africa
Requirement: Earn the CPDI Africa Certificate
Produce a contribution to the research on Afrocentric Architecture, by submitting a paper on the works of an architect or theorist who has successfully applied the principles covered in the course.