Guest contribution by Leah Libsekal The global South and particularly the African continent, is facing an incredible challenge in the form of urban growth. As much as this presents its own slew of challenges,…
There is something particular and emotive about the skilled human touch. Despite living in a modern age, where computers, 3D rendering softwares and large plotters bring a level of precision and consistency I am still quite charmed by the hand drawn sketches of the skilled draftsman and architect of days gone by.
Another Africa is about bringing a new vision to stories about Africa and the intersections that happily occur when people of different cultures find points of interest in this magical continent. For our latest experience, we travel to Tokyo to participate in an ephemeral 2 day event, D♥Y held at Claska earlier this month.
Italian born and Paris based photographer, Marco Barbon has made the book that I dreamt about after first visiting Asmara.
Having lived in Japan for more than ten years as well as being born in Ethiopia, makes for an exotic and rare profile. In all my wanderings, I have hardly met any Ethiopians or Eritreans, Habesha people, in Japan. So, when I read about a project that was recycling architecture between Ethiopia and Japan, to say that my curiosity was peaked would be down playing it.
Aptly, the first post for Another Africa should be about the city of Asmara where the seed for the project found nurturing ground. I was amazed to find out that along with Tel Aviv, Miami South Beach and Napier, Asmara has one of the worlds largest collections of modernist and art deco architecture.