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Course Name
HT1216 - Assessing Afrocentric New Buildings for West African Cultural Landscapes

Course Description

The aim of the course is to use case studies in developing solutions for achieving Afrocentric design excellence that requires continuous, collaborative communication and consensus between design professionals and all stakeholders. It will teach designers how to preserve aesthetics, history and environmental resources while integrating these innovative approaches with African traditional conservation principles to safeguard evolving African historic integrity/authenticity. Designers will learn how new buildings can integrate and interact with the dynamics of the existing natural and man-made environment, and what can be done to preserve or even enhance those features. To equip designers with tools to critically question the ethics surrounding Cultural democracy and effect a radical shift in perceptions regarding African heritage.

Course Details and Overview

April 10th - May 16th, 2021

  • Meeting Time: 2hrs once a week for 6 Weeks
  • Venue: Zoom
  • Day and Time: Sundays at 1pm to 3pm EST / 6pm to 8pm WAT
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Requirement for Certificate designation: One research assignment
  • Outcomes: Audit or Certificate
  • Required Readings: To be provided in the course online folder: a bibliography of African architecture publications, video documentaries and websites.

Course Overview: 

Week One: New Builds, Heritage and Cultural Landscapes- An overview of the effects of new buildings in relation to physical barriers, visual intrusion negatively impacting on townscape aesthetics, landscapes and heritage. 

Week Two: Heritage Conservation- Cultural and Economic Values are key components in sustaining heritage conservation.

Week Three: Heritage and the African Community-Explain diverse heritages within the built environment in the African diaspora, diverse communities and human values at the center of an enlarged and cross-disciplinary concept of cultural heritage. 

Week Four: Understanding a Proposal- A look at Policy guidelines and procedures for communication strategies, design flexibility, environmental sensitivity, and stakeholder involvement.

Week Five: Interpretation of Assessments- Draw on assessment criterion that can be interpreted and represented artistically/ graphically / verbally / textually / spatially to convey meanings and understanding. 

Week Six: Assessment Submission-Submission of specifications for projects, Asset proposal significance (evidential, historic, aesthetic and communal).

$ 250

    Professor Tokie Laotan-Brown
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