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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.

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Course Overview: 

Module 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. 

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

Module 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. 

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

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

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

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 Centered Architecture.
  • Make sure you have completed and submitted any assignments or research required by the instructor.  Some Instructors require instead a group virtual 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.
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$ 150

    Professor Tokie Laotan-Brown
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