Before next. Learning from Roots

The book presenting six small buildings designed by Finnish architects for western Africa was published in connection with the 8th International Architecture Exhibition in Venice in 2002. The buildings or complexes presented are Mikko Heikkinen and Markku Komonen’s five projects in Guinea: a health centre and Villa Eila in Mali, village schools in Madina Kouta and Boundou Koura and Kahere Poultry Farming School in Kindia, and the Women’s Centre in Rufisque, Senegal by Saija Holmén, Jenni Reuter and Helena Sandman. All these buildings show concern for local conditions and ecology, and their realization reflects belief in African future. The book also includes four articles surveying a Finn’s relationship with Africa from four different perspectives; the writers are Markku Komonen, Juhani Pallasmaa, Anne Rosenlew and Vuokko Raivio.

Hannele Grönlund, Maija Kärkkäinen, Marja-Riitta Norri (ed.)
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exquisite colour illustrations
English and Finnish
Museum of Finnish Architecture

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