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Contemporary Architecture in Africa (Boundaries · International Architectural Magazine, Issue n. 1 / July-September 2011) Single Issue Magazine – 2011

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Boundaries is a quarterly international journal on contemporary architecture, with texts in English and Italian, that offers a critical view over the architectures that today deal, in many different ways, with the challenges of the contemporariness and of sustainability intended as a balance between cultural, environmental, economic and social matters. A hint to the structure of the journal: every issue will address a monographic theme, around which the topics of the articles will be focused. The section "Ideas" proposes some food for thought, crossing different disciplines. The section "That was the year..." will address the history of the 20th Century and will always be present: it will focus each time on a different event that has been particularly important, an achievement that must not be forgotten because it still constitutes an important lesson. Boundaries starts with the history of contemporary architecture in Africa. The signs of a possible change in progress can be felt in many places and countries of this big continent and show how the logic of the global consensus is not the only possible alternative. In this first issue: the commitment, the quality of the architectural research, the social awareness of the profession, but also the contradictions one must deal with if one chooses to be an architect in this way.

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  • Single Issue Magazine: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Boundaries · International Architectural Magazine; ISSN: 2239-0332 edition (2011)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005EKCKPO
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 8.2 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,825,617 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By D. Morris on February 6, 2014
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Architecture in Africa is NOT all mud huts or something cool looking designed by a well-intentioned westerner. There are Africans designing from their own perspective, using their own skills, and the existing skills of their fellows. And their results are AMAZING. And, yes, as you dig deeper into this subject, you will find many westerners designing in an African way--and many of their results are also amazing. But this is only a MAGAZINE that feels like a book and it can only cover a small amount of the daily efforts of an entire continent.
This Magazine is simply the best architectural publication currently, and I feel in the past as well, being printed. They ship fast and it is exciting to open each issue. I just bought every back issue and started my subscription. And it is not as expensive as you would imagine. Boundries, (the magazine), is shipped from Italy.
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