Africa - a continent of small villages in the jungle and savannah? Certainly not. The urbanisation of the continent is advancing rapidly, while African cities and metropolitan regions are among the fastest growing in the world. Africa Drawn presents one hundred of the most connected and important cities of the continent. A visual feast of three hundred images and masterfully drawn plans illustrates contemporary and historical place-making actions in Africa. The result is simultaneously an artistic and visually fascinating documentation of African urban space and a convincing analysis of its structure and morphology, thus providing a spatial point of departure for all interested parties. The drawings are accompanied by introductory texts and, for the first time, render possible a comparison of the diverse urban form on the continent. The study attempts to provide an indispensable resource of spatial and figure ground patterns in the context of urban space in Africa.
Gary White, born 1966, architect and urban designer. Studied in Bloemfontein and Cape Town. Co-founder of the Africa Drawn Project, lecturer at Pretoria University and Tshwane University of Technology. Director at GWA / Holm Jordan. Marguerite Pienaar, born 1977, architect. Studied at Pretoria University and the University of the Free State. Co-founder of MoMa Architects and senior researcher for the Africa Drawn Project. Director and research head at GWA / Holm Jordan. Bouwer Serfontein, born 1977, architect. Studied at the Tshwane University of Technology, Pretoria. Co-founder of the Africa Drawn Project. Director at the South African-based architectural practice GWA / Holm Jordan.