AFRICA Big Chance Big Change

Triennale di Milano, Milan, Italy
15 Oct 2014 - 28 Dec 2014

AFRICA Big Chance Big Change

La Triennale di Milano presents “AFRICA Big Change Big Chance”. The exhibition, curated by Benno Albrecht, explores and reflects on the urban and architectural transformation and the big changes facing the African continent, ranging from great demographic to climate and social changes.

“Change” particularly refers to urban concentration, while “Chance” is personified by the protagonists of African architecture from World War II to tropical modernism, until today; interpreters of an architecture focused on the broader issues of overall urban setting and intervention.

Focusing on Africa from the viewpoint of architecture means concentrating on a place where some of the most interesting, complex and disturbing phenomena of recent years are developing. The exhibition, which is divided into 5 sections, presents research on the most outstanding cases: Lagos, Maputo, Nairobi, Cairo, etc. The show also illustrates major territorial transformations and projects, on a continental and a global scale, that have to do with the use of water, the production of energy, the battle against desertification, new infrastructures and new actors operating in this scenario.