Bridging the Gap in Sub-Saharan Architecture with Yem Edozie

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Hello, beautiful people of the internet. I'm here this week with a two-part post featuring Architect and Design enthusiast, Yem Edozie.
Ever since I was a little girl, I'd always had a fascination for design and structures in architecture: how these separate entities integrate to form something whole and aesthetically pleasing. As you can imagine, this interest has come with failed attempts at AutoCAD and downloading free home design simulation apps to play around with elements in order to create breathtaking structures and spaces. 

Now, I find myself wondering about our indigenous architecture. What shaped it? What influences the indigenous and foreign structural styles...? I could go on and on. That's why I reckon that speaking to a skilled architect will be an enlightening way to quench my undying curiosity.

Ancient Nigerian architecture was based on building with mud bricks and thatched roofs and this
seemed to have been the dominant style throughout much of Africa. The mud-bricks helped to regulate temperature and keep the interior of the house cool even under intense sunlight; although of course, modern technology has made all of that unnecessary now…at least in most urban areas like Lagos. However, I noticed that a lot of urban architecture in Nigeria is constructed based on Western fonts like skyscrapers, malls, public squares and fountains. This similarity, according to Yem Edozie, is called modernism. 

Who is Yem Edozie?

Yem is the CEO of Bruuda architects, who are not only one of the leading architectural firms
in the city but are more importantly, at the vanguard of what they call the architectural Afro-modernist movement.

As part of the larger afro-conscious movement across the globe, afro-modernism is concerned with
finding or embellishing African identity in our architecture, and executing it in harmony with the natural environment. A lot of thought process and architectural techniques go into implementation, but unfortunately couldn’t cover all my questions today. So keep your eyes peeled by subscribing by email below for a more in-depth conversation with Yem next week, where he will be telling us more about himself and his journey as an architect as well as giving us more of his take on Sub-Saharan architecture. 

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