Information on AAmatters activities, African Perspectives in Casablanca and other interesting events
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African Perspectives 2011 in Casablanca is about to start. The 5th conference of ArchiAfrika, celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, is again going to be special. From 3 to 5 November an international crowd will gather and visit places in Morocco’s largest city for lectures, debates, exhibitions, films and more on ‘the African Metropolis’. Many countries in Africa but also from elsewhere in the world are represented. Find the programme – with Saskia Sassen, Farrokh Derakhshani, Iain Low, Abderrahim Kassou, Jord den Hollander, Ola Uduku, Tom Avermaete, Joe Osae-Addo, Antoni Folkers and many others -  on


In the previous newsletter we promised streaming of the various upcoming events. The conditions were unfortunately not good enough. We are confident however that we can organize streaming of at least part of the African Perspectives event. Keep an eye at if you want to be with us over long distance!

In this newsletter we inform you further on:
  • The exhibition Learning from Casablanca, to be opened on 3 November in Casablanca
  • Stars of Dar at the Slipway in Dar es Salaam
  • Lecture/discussion ‘Global architecture, is there a difference?’ with Heinrich Wolff, Kunle Adeyemi (t.b.c.) and Berend van der Lans at Amsterdam Academy of Architecture, 11 November 2011
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Learning From Casablanca
Casablanca - Morocco, 3 – 26 November 2011, Sacre Coeur
Together with the exhibition ‘l’architecture neerlandaise – un tour d’horizon’ by Samir Bantal, organized by the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Morocco.

Casablanca served as laboratory for European architects to experiment with modernist mass housing in the 40's and 50's. The visions of modernist architecture spread all over the world, suggesting new structures in housing, work, transport, and leisure.

The spatial structure in Casablanca has been extremely transformed and appropriated by the inhabitants over time to respond to the requirements and aspirations of everyday life. The exhibition Learning from Casablanca shows the results of multi disciplinary studies undertaken in the previous year by students from Morocco and various parts of Europe. Films, multimedia presentations, posters and models present the stories behind the transformation.

The ‘debates on tour’, organised with the Netherlands Architecture institute as part of African Perspectives 2011 on 4 November at the Sacre Coeur and on 5 November at the Ecole Superieure de l’Architecture, will use these unplanned developments as starting point for a debate on the possibilities of adaptation in contemporary planning issues. Find more info on these debates here.

In 2012 it is the aim to build further on these conclusions with a project in the Netherlands.

Learning from Casablanca in the making

Learning from Casablanca is developed by Casamemoire and African Architecture Matters, with contributions from the Ecole Superieure de Casablanca, Université Hassan II, Delft University of Technology, the universities of Utrecht and Stockholm, ARCAM, the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Morocco and the City of Amsterdam. The project is generously made possible by the Netherlands Architecture Fund.
Stars of Dar
Dar es Salaam, Slipway
After a successful opening of at the Urban Dreamscape project, part of the event ‘Global City – Local Identity?’ in Dar es Salaam, Stars of Dar is moving on and actually is now on display at one of its Stars! The exhibition is being built up at the Slipway in Dar es Salaam and can be visited for free most part of the day.

Moreover you will be able to find everything about the Stars of Dar on the dedicated web page You can see the videos on Dar es Salaams most important public spaces already now.

Stars of Dar is a project developed by the Architects Association of Tanzania and African Architecture Matters, in close collaboration with the ARDHI University.

Keep an eye at the AAmatters website for information on future display of Stars of Dar!
‘Global architecture, is there a difference?’
with Heinrich Wolff, Kunle Adeyemi (to be confirmed) and Berend van der Lans
Amsterdam, Academy of Architecture, 11 November 2011, 16-18 hrs.

With projects in Sao Paulo and Ghana, students from the academy in Amsterdam are intrigued by the position of the architect while working abroad. Heinrich Wolff, highly successful prize winning architect from South Africa is often crossing borders in his country. After his lecture for ‘designers of the future’ in Delft on 10 November (see, he shares his ideas on border crossing with the Amsterdam crowd. Kunle Adeyemi has been key member of Rem Koolhaas’ OMA team for many years.  After his involvement in OMA’s innovative projects in his home country Nigeria, China and elsewhere in the world, he started NLé, focusing on shaping the architecture of development cities. AAmatters director Berend van der Lans is co-founder of ArchiAfrika, the network organization with focus on architecture in Africa which has border-crossing in the core of the veins.

After three short introductions on the basis of their work, the speakers will be in discussion on the pros and cons of working in other environments. You are all invited to join. You will find the Amsterdam Academy of Architecture here.

Are you also interested in developing a border crossing project or you would like to engage in the dialogue on African architecture, do not hesitate to contact us via!

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