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Designing with Africa

Peter Rich Architects

Designing WITH Africa is very different to designing FOR Africa. The WITH demands a commitment process and quality time spent engaged with those for whom you are designing. 

Designing FOR Africa often takes place in a state of dislocation, often on another continent, in a culture distant to the one for which you are designing.

This editorial presents a timely opportunity, (this month I turned 70!!), to retrospectively look back at my career as an architect and see how collaborative practice has informed my attitude on architecture in Africa today. 

 

The apartheid Years (1964 -1994)

In the mid 60’s I entered architectural school at the height of the apartheid oppression of the masses. Worries and questions about inequality in our society set me on a quest for a humane architecture that addressed...

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