24 August 2012
by Dorota Drajewicz
The opening evening of Sierra Leone’s exhibition, The Architecture of Three Freetown Neighbourhoods, part of the International Architecture and Design Showcase, commenced with a talk by Maurice Mitchell, professor at the Faculty of Architecture and Spatial Design of the London Metropolitan University, briefly depicting the nature of changes happening in three Freetown neighbourhoods throughout the last two centuries of foreign influences and community development.
The exhibition included a sample of an earlier British Council project focusing on the Krio architecture in the downtown Tower Hill District. Photographs by Tim Hetherington and Sullivan Khallon are on a display together with a book gathering the documentation of what remained of the regional infrastructure after the civil war and years of intense cultural transformation.
Also on display there are measured drawings by students from the Faculty of Architecture and Spatial Design and surveys of timber colonial bungalows in the Hill Station district, where students and research staff have been involved with a recent post-conflict reconstruction of a school building, together with photographs and survey drawings documenting the work that architects and local volunteers have undertaken to implement the changes and improve the infrastructure of the city.
The exhibition is open until 23 September.
Venue: The Gallery, Spring House,
40-44 Holloway Road, N7 8JL
See our International Showcase Guide for more information.