ArchiAfrika is exploring the African condition through a series of dialogues across the globe, and it has become abundantly clear that we cannot talk about the African Condition without engaging in the role of Diaspora in Africa’s development. Africa properly needs to reach out to the diaspora, not in terms of looking for fiscal or cash investments, but to carefully reconstruct that long needed bridge where Diasporans feel an emotional attachment to Africa and by so doing invest appropriately, that is to say emotionally.
This is the kind of dialogue that the countries, cities, and towns and peoples of Africa, through their leaders, must recognise and engage. This event is one in which ArchiAfrika as an organization will start engaging with partners from within the continent and in North America through creative folk, artists, musicians, writers and filmmakers, to really explore the how and the why and the when will of constructing this very important discourse that can have serious outcomes for development.
As the genesis for this discussion, we would use the life and work of Max Bond, the African American architect whose first work was built in Bolgatanga in Ghana, a library that is a fine pedigree of tropical modernism inspired by traditional buildings of the norm. It is very important to recognise that these kinds of collaborations or initiatives had begun in the 60s with our independence leaders recognising the power of diaspora, with some of the most enlightened minds of the United States working within our governments, as did Max Bond for our first president Kwame Nkrumah.
We invite you to join us in the symposium to look at the role of design and creativity broadly and re-establish this neglected connection for the sake of both diasporadical development and that of the African Continent.
Moderator: Judith Aidoo, Business Woman
Harry Robinson, FAIA, Architect
Toni Griffin, Urbanist/Academic
Victor Body-Lawson, AIA, Architect
Mario Gooden, AIA, Architect
Angela Robinson, Actress
Mark Raymond, Architect
Moderator: Victor Dzidzienyo, Architect/Academic
Mabel Wilson, Architect/Academic
Sharon E. Sutton, FAIA, Architect/Academic
Joe Osae-Addo, Architect/ Chairman of ArchiAfrika Foundation
David Adjaye, Hon. FAIA, Architect
Henry Richardson, Architect
Jack Travis, Architect
Organized by: ArchiAfrika Foundation
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