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Opening Reception: February 27, 2020 | 6 - 8 PM

On View: February 27, 2020 to April 20, 2020


In Conversation: Steven + Cathi House | Tuesday, March 10, 2020 | 6 - 8 PM

In their recently published book, “Villages of West Africa: an intimate journey across time”, award-winning architects Steven and Cathi House explore a part of the world that has been at the crossroads of history for thousands of years. With over 500 evocative photographs and insightful commentary, they reveal the remarkable beauty of the people, land, villages, textiles, and vernacular architecture across seven countries of West Africa, situated between the Sahara Desert and Atlantic Ocean. West Africa is an ancient land of stark contrasts, immeasurable beauty, vibrant colors and extraordinary people. It is home to legendary places at the edge of the world, the fabled city of Timbuktu, camel caravans, endless sand dunes, searing heat, colorful markets and exotic peoples. This 304 page anthology of West African culture celebrates the artisanship of tribal people who use building methods that are both practical and ingenious and that respond not just to local climate, materials, and topography, but also to the needs of the inhabitants with poetic insight, creating environments that are stimulating and sustainable. With their clarity, function, and beauty, these villages are living models of what community life can be.

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    Thu, February 27, 2020 06:00 pm

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    Thu, February 27, 2020 08:00 pm

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by AIA San Francisco & The Center for Architecture + Design

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