Samantha Culp

Modernist Ghana: Sound and Vision

Design Observer takes a look at the relics of tropical modernist architecture in Ghana with the subtly beautiful slideshow “Listening There: Scenes from Ghana“. Authors Mabel O. Wilson, and Peter Tolkin traveled through the country in 2008, documenting the surviving architecture of the post-colonial period (starting in the late 1940s). See the slideshow and read the full article below.

“These mid-century buildings were mostly modernist, designed by architects from Australia, the United Kingdom, the United States, Lebanon, Italy and Ghana; they had been reviewed in contemporary architectural publications, as part of a lively debate on what became known as “Tropical Modernism.” Until recently, their legacy had all but disappeared from the historical canon; and with their absence we’ve failed to understand how critical the African continent was to the discourse of modernism. Our trip was motivated by a desire to see how these buildings had fared in the half century since their construction, and to explore how they functioned in today’s increasingly urban and global contexts…”

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