CHDA at 2nd Pan African Cultural Festival, Algiers

The CHDA was invited to the opening of an earth architecture exhibition at the 2nd Pan African cultural festival in Algiers. CHDA was represented by the coordinator, immovable heritage (Ishanlosen Odiaua). CHDA’s presence in Algiers was from 3rd – 8th July 2009. This afforded the opportunity to attend the magnificent opening show, on the 6th, at which artistes from various countries performed. Youssou Ndour and Cesaria Evora also performed at the occasion.

Display of different colours of Earth from Algeria

The exhibition titled “terres, d’Afrique et d’ailleurs”, showcased the beauty of earth architecture in Africa and beyond. It takes viewers through a visual and textual experience of the raw material – the wide diversity in colours and applications – through to the indigenous knowledge systems and contemporary expressions in the built environment.

As part of the exhibition, the Algerian government facilitated the participation of 19 artisans from 5 countries (Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Niger, Ghana, Nigeria, Algeria) who prepared wall panels in earth using indigenous techniques and motifs from the communities they represented. The exhibition also included an example of the use of 3D laser scanning for the documentation of earth buildings. This technique facilitates the documentation process and offers a lot of potential for conservation purposes.

Interior of the exhibition space showing adobe wall prototype (foreground) … Earth wall prototype (background)

The exhibition was opened by the Algerian minister of Culture – Mrs Khalida Toumi – who was shown round by Mrs Yasmine Terkhi, architect from the Ministry of Culture, charged with the implementation of the exhibition.
Also opening on the same night was an exhibition on the Sahara desert: its origins, geological formations, history, flora and fauna and the peoples of the desert.

Apart from participating at the exhibition opening, a very tangible result for CHDA was that it afforded participation at talks on the possibility of establishing an African earth architecture network. The interest for CHDA lies in the fact that the existenc of such a network on the continent will extend its network of professionals on the continent and allow for better responses to meet the needs of partners on the continent.

Compressed Earth machine fabricated in Algeria.

CHDA is grateful to the Algerian government for the warm hospitality and assistance before during and beyond the exhibition. We sincerely hope that the contacts made with North Africa will bear fruit in the not-too-distant future.
 

Yasmine TERKI
Architect,
Department of Monuments and Historic Sites
Ministry of Culture
Algeria

SidAhmed ZERHOUNI
Architect
University of Mostaganem
Cite 39
Logements no. 5B
Mostaganem, Algeria
Tel: +213 777 87 09 98

Amelie ESSESSE
Architect, specialist in heritage conservation and sustainable development
14 rue Abel, Hall E
75012 Paris
France
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Sid-Ali HADDAD
Tourist Guide
Algiers

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Maya RAVEREAU
Architect
BL2 25 rue du Moulin de la Vierge
75014 Paris
France

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Anthony Yaw OWUSU
Architect
Ghana Museums and Monuments Board
Barnes Road
P.O.Box GP 3343
Accra, Ghana

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Francis Boateng
Sculptor
P.O.Box SK 614
Sakumono-Tema
Ghana

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David Lhomme
ATM 3D Laser Scanning
BP 3 ZAC de Tourel
30111 Congenies
France

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Badamasi TAHIR
Nigerian Institute of Surveyors
P.O.Box 3610
Lagos
Nigeria
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Mariana Correia
Architect
Largo dos Oliveiras
4920-275 V.N Cerveira
Portugal
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Ali BIDA
Director, Department of Culture
Ministry of Cultrue
BP 215
Niamey
Niger
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Younes BABANEDJAR
Office de Protection et de promotion de la Vallee du Mizab
32 rue de la Palestine
47000 Ghardaia
Algeria
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 Female builders from Burkina Faso

Ashanti wall motifs from Ghana.

Hausa wall motifs from Nigeria

Algerian earth wall panel produced by Makalouf Billal

Scanned laser image of an Earth building (ATM 3D laser scanning)

Mrs Yasmine Terkhi (left)
Architect, Monuments and Historic Sites
Ministry of Culture Algeria

Mrs Khalida Toumi (right)
Minister of Culture Algeria

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