Workshop & Conference: Conserving West African Modern, Kumasi, Ghana
You are invited to a workshop and conference which will focus on developing the conservation of modernist buildings and urban landscapes in West Africa.
This development strategy will be tackled at two levels. Firstly, at urban and building level, through the development of the KNUST Architecture Department as a Centre for public engagement with, and professional expertise in, contemporary urban conservation training and research; in West Africa. This discipline is currently not taught at institutional level, despite the existence of a network of African architecture and planning schools, and architectural institutes for whom this would be beneficial.
Secondly, with support from DOCOMOMO International’s African group and Urbanism landscape specialist committee, the workshop will develop a physical archive of modernist buildings in West Africa, using digital technology to scan and record building photographs and plans of the postwar modernist era, and making them available both to researchers linked to the proposed urban conservation training project, and, equally importantly, to the local public, as a visual resource of contemporary West African Modernist history.
The workshop will feature outreach presentations involving junior secondary school pupils and talks from the eminent keynote speakers and research associates involved in the workshop and archive programme.
Prof. Miles Glendinning
Scottish Centre for Conservation Studies University of Edinburgh
Prof. H.N.A. Wellington
(Emeritus) Former Head, Department of Architecture Kwame Nkrumah
University of Science and Technology