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The Art of African Architecture Comes to Kennesaw State University

Kennesaw State University had the honor of hosting The Art of African Architecture exhibit in February, brought by Nmadili Okwumabua, Part-time Instructor of African & African Diaspora Studies and founder of Community Planning & Design Initiative Africa (CPDI Africa). The twenty-five works presented were the 2015 winners of The Community Planning & Design Initiative Africa. This interdisciplinary design competition fuses modern and traditional African architectural design, with cultural history and social philosophy that is uniquely African, encouraging designers to create a new African architecture that is socially conscious. Designers are asked to imagine what the architectural landscape of Africa would look like today if the civilizations of Egypt, Timbuktu, Mali, and thousands of others had been allowed to develop independently.

For the competition, students and practicing designers across the globe to develop residential prototypes drawn from African architectural elements. Judges choose the top twenty-five designs that best fit the interpretation of modern African architecture for building projects in Africa. Winners also receive cash prizes, internships, and the honor of being recognized as a winner and designer of CPDI Africa.

CPDI Africa ultimately hopes to develop successful communities and neighborhoods on the continent that is culturally and environmentally sustainable. For more information, visit the website:

Posted: March 8, 2016