Conference: The diaspora of modern architecture. Between Africa and Brazil, Le Corbusier as a landmark – Ana Tostões.
21st May 2019, École Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture de Strasbourg, Strasbourg, France.

Professor Ana Tostões, President of Docomomo International, will present the lecture “The diaspora of modern architecture. Between Africa and Brazil, Le Corbusier as a landmark” at the École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Strasbourg.

This conference explores the extensions of modern architecture in Africa, focusing on the architectural production of Angola and Mozambique during the last decades of the Portuguese colonial regime (1945-1975). It analyzes the meaning of a modernity shared between continents that bears on the influence of Le Corbusier, architecture and modern art.

Modern architectural production in Africa has been rediscovered and analyzed in recent decades. The research touched Angola and Mozambique, huge territories that were the subject of intense development between the post-World War II and the Portuguese democratic revolution of April 25th, 1974, leading these territories to independence.

Their modernization took place within the political framework of the Estado Novo regime which extends from the post-war era to the victory of the democracies, that is to say within a dictatorship and a colonial regime weakened in an international context marked by the cold war.

For a better knowledge and understanding of the modern movement diaspora, it is essential to review, analyze and document the modern heritage built in sub-Saharan Africa. It is the subject of numerous debates and reproductions of architectural designs transposed within the framework of Overseas. The studies focus on production codes that emphasize the modernity of architectural, urban and social programs, and on a formal and technological research of all the elements that today constitute the modern heritage of these young countries that benefits only a first international recognition.

The lecture will take place in the 21st May 2019 at the École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Strasbourg  (Amphi 1) at 18:30.

You can find the information on the Ensas website. [French]