Vorlesungsreihe "The Architecture of Democracy": Olajumoke Adenowo
The Architecture of Democracy - Inspirations from the Global South
Olajumoke Adenowo (Lagos, Nigeria) on "Democracy reflected in Form, Space and Order: Learning from West Africa's Ancient Empires"
Which role do art and architecture play in the implementation of democratic structures? Recent grass-roots movements in African states, such as Burkina Faso and Uganda, have utilised artistic strategies to overthrow corrupt politicians and formulate visions for justice, tolerance and freedom of speech in their respective countries. In other countries, such as Nigeria and Rwanda, architects have developed spaces for the realisation of central democratic values, e.g. dialogue, communal participation, active citizenship and collective belonging. This lecture series aims to provide a platform to discuss inspirational art and architecture projects in the Global South. This will illuminate the contribution of artists and architects in processes of facilitating environments for democratic engagement.