Cultural Encyclopaedia

Show Menu Hide Menu

Architecture

The Media and the Modern Movement in Nigeria and the Gold Coast

Summary of Article by Hannah Le Roux & Ola Uduku, 2004

Article discusses how the extension of the modern movement into the British colonies of Ghana and Nigeria in the 1940s and 1950s, was framed by a unique political context. During the colonial period, expatriate architects introduced the modern movement before many foreign-trained architects would return to their home countries. Uduku and le Roux map the geography of the modern movement against colonial networks, at a time when architects involved in West African projects belonged to a discursive community in the metropole of London. Overviews of the discourse initiated in articles published outside of Africa include key agents such as Jane Drew and Maxwell Fry, James Cubitt and partners and Architects co-Partnership. London-based journals would discuss the built work of individual firms exposing them to a professional readership. Concerned with the challenges posed by the heat and remoteness of this unfamiliar setting, practitioners involved in Tropical architecture used media to discuss and investigated normative approaches to Western architecture for non-Western sites.