Decolonizing the Campus will be held in Lagos on 23 and 24 November 2018, in
collaboration with the Goethe-Institut, Gallery 16/16, the Department of
Architecture at the University of Lagos and Obafemi Awolowo University, Osun
symposium will offer a critical dialogue on design pedagogy and campus
construction as practiced at the start of Nigeria’s transition to independence.
Decolonizing the Campus symposium focuses in particular on Obafemi Awolowo
as the University of Ife in protest against British education policy in place
at the end of colonial rule, it was, significantly, the first post-independence
university in Nigeria to possess an architecture faculty.
architect Zvi Efrat has been commissioned by bauhaus imaginista to conduct
on-site research and produce a short film about the development of the
University of Ife campus, which was designed by Bauhaus graduate Arieh Sharon
together with a team of Nigerian architects (including Lagos-based architect
completed his studies at Bauhaus Dessau in 1931, returning to Palestine where
he was subsequently appointed head of the State Planning Authority after
Israeli Independence. His involvement with Ife campus was part of Israel’s
development aid programs in Sub-Saharan Africa.
team designed the University of Ife campus over a twenty-year period lasting
into the 1980s. How did the resulting campus in the ancient town Ife-Ile differ
from colonial era campus architecture built? How was the Ile-Ife Campus
perceived by local students and architects and how does it function today?