Monuments of Country, Climate and Culture: Michel Écochard and the Design of the Postcolonial Tropolis
Tom Avermaete

The French architect and urban designer Écochard, was one of the numerous architects that designed buildings and cities for newly independent nations in the post-war era of decolonization. Many of these young nation states were in search for urban and architectural projects that would explicitate a “proper” model of modernization that differed from that of the former colonizer. This essay argues that the principles of tropical architecture would play a key role in representing and monumentalizing such an alternative model of modernization.

Modern Movement, Modern architecture, Tropical architecture, Modern diaspora, Design with climate, Michel Écochard, African modern architecture.

Issue 63
Year 2020
Pages 32-39

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