Concrete in Zambia

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I got back last month from a research trip to Zambia where I came across a lot of lovely concrete! Particular highlights were the University of Zambia,  founded just after independence in 1966 and designed by Julian Elliott. I was working in the University Library and the view from the staff café on the roof of the humanities building across the whole brutalist campus was fantastic. Other highlights included the Anglican Cathedral of the Holy Cross (1962) and the monument to the Non-Aligned Movement on a Lusaka roundabout (which I nearly got run over trying to get a good photo of!). Interesting connections between late colonial, early independent, and anti-western modernisms. I’ve recently come across an interesting book on similar issues: Third World Modernism edited by Duanfang Lu which includes a good chapter on modern African campus architecture, with a focus on Nigeria.

-Ruth

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