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Harnessing a melting pot of skills for a community project

Foreign Affairs and Haduwa Arts & Culture Institute

Africa | Abrekum

The [applied] Foreign Affairs - [a]FA - of the Architecture Institute at Vienna’s University of Applied Arts is a laboratory geared to investigating spatial, infrastructure, environmental and cultural phenomena in the rural and urban regions of sub-Saharan Africa. Organized as a series of workshops with a clear-cut topic and equally clear-cut mission, each project involves a study trip to map the area in question and its rural growth models in order to create spaces for art and community activities.

Projects are conceived as a learning experience in which the development process is as important as the end result. Prevalently commissioned by NGOs, cultural institutions and art collectives, programs are developed through a process based on dialectic and dialogue. They also have to make use of available material. As a result, the conventional relations between architect,...

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