Archinect - News 2016-02-11T14:27:14-05:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/144431565/win-african-modernism-a-book-that-investigates-nation-building-in-five-african-countries Win "African Modernism", a book that investigates nation building in five African countries Justine Testado 2016-01-06T14:16:00-05:00 >2016-01-27T18:45:39-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/po/po2hh8p084x5f3b7.jpg" width="514" height="700" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Several African countries gained hard-fought independence from their colonizers during the 1950s and 1960s, and one way the countries expressed their new national identities was through architecture. The book&nbsp;<em>African Modernism</em>&nbsp;delves into this relationship between architecture and the complexities of nation building, particularly in Ghana, Senegal,&nbsp;C&ocirc;te d'Ivoire, Kenya, and Zambia.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/l0/l09jffvv3uahuv9k.jpg"></p><p>Edited by architect <a href="http://manuelherz.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Manuel Herz</a>&nbsp;and published to accompany the Vitra Design Museum's <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/african_modernism_to_take_the_spotlight_at_vitra_design_museum_starting_feb" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Architecture of Independence" exhibition</a>, the hefty 640-page book features 103 buildings with brief description texts, images, site plans, floor plans, and sections, as well as significant&nbsp;photo contributions from Iwan Baan and Alexia Webster &mdash;&nbsp;who each documented the buildings in their current state.&nbsp;The book also features essays that focus on different aspects and topics regarding post-colonial Africa, which are illustrated with images and documents. If you're in Chicago, the Architecture of Independence exhibition wil...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/93382204/labeling-the-city-ghana-s-initiative-to-name-its-streets Labeling the city: Ghana's initiative to name its streets Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-02-11T15:14:00-05:00 >2014-02-17T17:52:20-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7s/7sqrc4oeubwcn2v2.jpg" width="514" height="286" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In a city with no addresses, it&rsquo;s difficult for local authorities to tax property. And without tax revenues, it&rsquo;s difficult to upgrade infrastructure and services in the slums [...] To fix these problems, Ghana is on a national quest to name its city streets. [...] Giving names to streets is only a means to an end. The real problem cities are trying to solve is service delivery. When properties have actual addresses and those addresses reside in databases, all kinds of things become possible.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html>