03 March 2010 - 29 April 2010
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Gallery 2, RIBA, 66 Portland Place, London, W1B
The architecture of Djenné, an island town in the heart of West Africa's Inland Niger Delta, is considered the best example of traditional mud building. Here elegant merchant houses and a world-renowned mosque bear testament to a long history of trade and Islamic scholarship. With its bold compositions and molten contours the town's architecture has given it recognition as an important UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Creative mud building thrives where masons adapt traditional knowledge, building craft and magic to a modern, changing world. This exhibition explores the fascinating relationship between design and construction practices, architectural heritage and cultural identity.
Mon-Sat 10.00-17.00 except Tues 10.00- 21.00
Fees: Free Admission