Virtual Exhibition | Villages of West Africa
AUTHORS PROGRAM: "Villages of West Africa" with Steven + Cathi House
Monday, September 14 | 6 - 8 PM | | $10, AIA Member; $15, General
Steven and Cathi House will discuss their recently published book, "Villages of West Africa: an intimate journey across time." Book will be available for purchase.
NOTE: This program was rescheduled from Tuesday, April 7.
About the Exhibition
Featuring images from "Villages of West Africa: an intimate journey across time", award-winning architects, Steven and Cathi House, explore a part of the world that has been at the crossroads of history for thousands of years. A selection of photographs derived from over 500 evocative photographs and insightful commentary will be on display in the gallery which reveal the remarkable beauty of the people, land, villages, textiles, and vernacular architecture across seven countries of West Africa, situated between the Sahara Desert and Atlantic Ocean. West Africa is an ancient land of stark contrasts, immeasurable beauty, vibrant colors and extraordinary people. It is home to legendary places at the edge of the world, camel caravans, endless sand dunes, searing heat, and colorful markets. This 304-page anthology of West African culture celebrates the artisanship of indigenous people who use building methods that are both practical and ingenious and that respond not just to local climate, materials, and topography, but also to the needs of the inhabitants with poetic insight, creating environments that are stimulating and sustainable. With their clarity, function, and beauty, these villages are living models of what community life can be.