Contemporary architecture in Africa is gaining ground as new and innovative approaches are adopted by both local and foreign architects who build socially committed buildings, such as schools, marketplaces, hospitals and cultural centers.

Today at 7pm, an exhibition titled Afritecture – Building Social Change at the Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich, Germany will be showcasing many of these construction projects, one of which we are proud to note belongs to an architecture studio in Rwanda founded by one of our former students.

© Iwan Baan

Curated by Andres Lepik, also curator of the MoMA exhibition Small Scale, Big Change and organized in collaboration with architekturmuseum der tu münchen, the exhibition features a project designed by former student Nerea Amorós and her Kigali-based architecture firm ASA Studio in Rwanda, where she is also assistant lecturer at the KIST Faculty of Architecture that recently congratulated its first class of architecture graduates.

© ASA Studio

More on the exhibition:

In its exhibition »AFRITECTURE – Building Social Change« the Architekturmuseum der TU München will shed a spotlight on those projects, with a particular emphasis on those that have been initiated by architects and whose conceptualization incorporates global relationships in addition to those of local culture and individual social groups. By taking into account ecological, economic and social aspects several architects have developed sustainable approaches and solutions to some of the continent’s most pressing design challenges. The exhibition comprises twenty-eight projects from ten countries within Subsaharan Africa, including Kenya, Nigeria, Burkina Faso and South Africa. All projects have been developed since the turn of the millenium and have been planned by African as well as European and North American architects.

The exhibition is accompanied by an extensive supporting program with lectures and a full day symposium which will address central aspects of the exhibition, including Africa’s urbanization, participation and questions of architectural identity. There will be a catalogue both in German and English by Hatje Cantz publishers.

The exhibition is on show until the 12th of January 2014.

Fore more info, click here.

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