HT1202 - The Evolution and Transformation of African Centered Architecture
This course introduces students to the concepts for developing new African architectural languages, inspired by the culture and technology of traditional and contemporary African societies. The course surveys both the African and Diaspora built environment, teaching design practices that are culturally and environmentally sustainable. Students will be introduced to the research initiatives of CPDI Africa.
Course Details and Overview
- This course
is designed as an introduction to the architecture and urban design of
Africa. By tracing the development of urban design from antiquity to post
modern times, students will gain the knowledge required to recognize,
define and critique the art of modern African architecture and urban
design. This course challenges the romantic notion of the “hut” as the
only true icon of African urban design and development, and replaces it
with the full breadth of Africa’s historical and contemporary contribution
to the discourse.
- This course
will investigate some of the diverse ways in which African peoples have
articulated their sense of identity by means of the buildings they
construct and the material culture they create. This course will evaluate the
development of African design from a multi-disciplinary approach,
utilizing key theories from the fields of Art History, Architecture,
African Studies, History, Anthropology and Urban Planning. From these perspectives, we will study
how culture, traditions, aesthetics, religion, politics, economics and
geography shaped and influenced the design and construction of Africa’s
past and present built environment.
- This study
is a regional survey of African architecture: North, South, East, West,
Central, and Diaspora. It will cover the impact of science, technology and
society on architecture and the built environment, and survey master
builders, architects and designers, from antiquity to present. In
addition, an evaluation of the Community Planning and Design Initiative
Africa project findings, will be conducted.
The course Evolution and Transformation of African Architecture
allows us to study the cultural and historical narratives of a people, as
preserved through their architectural heritage and built urban landscapes. In this special course, students will engage
in live architectural preservation research that seek to articulate clear
evolutionary concepts that translate the essence of traditional African
architecture, into the contemporary built environment. The course seeks to
reconnect the broken link of Africa’s architectural ‘natural evolution’ as a
result of colonization and imported cultural identities.
The research becomes critical as African societies embark on major
infrastructure and redevelopment projects that at their core, seek to build
upon more realistic ‘home grown’ models, inspired by African culture, history
and architectural heritage. Over the duration of the course, students will be
exposed to Evolutionary Architecture Collages, which will serve as foundational research
for developing Design Briefs. A design brief, in lay terms is an outline
of all the features that must be included in the building a Client wishes their
architect to design for them. In this scenario, students will be encourage to
create design briefs that can be used by architects, urbanists and development
initiatives such as CPDI Africa, for the development of modern African
architecture that seeks to preserve African and Diaspora architectural
Earn a CPDI Africa GSACA Certificate
in African Centered Architecture!
- Complete 3 (three) On Demand / In Person or Video
Conference Courses at CPDI Africa GSACA and earn a Certificate in African
- Make sure you have completed and submitted any assignments
or research required by the instructor. Some Instructors require instead a
group virtual Office Hours meeting with their students, often
scheduled to hold once a month.
- Instructors are also available for additional knowledge
sharing during their Office Hours, which are posted by the Instructor in
the CANVAS classroom. Some Instructors are also available at your request
for individual virtual meetings.
- Contact your Instructor directly from within your
CANVAS classroom, and for additional assistance contact the Registrar at firstname.lastname@example.org,
Professor Nmadili Okwumabua