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Exhibition - Djenné: African City of Mud
Gallery 2 3 March–28 April

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. A talks programme at SOAS and the Ismaili.

Opening times:
Mon-Sat 10.00-17.00 except Tues 10.00- 21.00
Free Admission

Down to Earth
Paul Oliver
Talk Tuesday 2 March, 18.30

Join Paul Oliver, acclaimed academic and Emeritus Professor at the International Vernacular Architecture Unit, Oxford Brookes University, for a stimulating talk about the future of vernacular building traditions and their role in creating sustainable, culturally vibrant, people orientated places to live. Oliver is one of the world’s foremost authorities on vernacular architecture whose publications include the Atlas of Vernacular Architecture of the World. In partnership with the School of Oriental and African Studies. Part of the Art of Mud Building: Heritage and Sustainability series, see page 8 for details. Talk followed by drinks reception and private view of Djenné: African City of Mud, accompanied by a kora player.

The Future of Mud: Tales of Houses and Lives in Djenné
Film Monday 8 March, 19.00
SOAS, Russell Square, London WC1H

A documentary film that explores the challenges and choices faced by a mason’s family, raising vital questions about heritage and changing traditions. French and Bamana with English subtitles.

Restoring Mud Mosques in Mopti, Djenné and Timbuktu
Talk Thursday 11 March, 20.30
The Ismaili Centre, Cromwell Road,
London SW7

Join Christophe Bouleau from the Aga Khan Trust for Culture as he talks about the restoration of the extraordinary mud mosques of Mali.

Step by Step: Sustainable Buildings for Africa
Francis Kéré
Talk Tuesday 16 March, 18.30

Francis Kéré is an architect from Burkina Faso who designs sustainable architecture for the benefit of the people of his home continent. He talks about his deep commitment to furthering the use and development of traditional building among local communities. His projects are designed to combine climatic comfort with low-cost construction, making the most of local materials and the potential of the local community, whilst adapting technology from the industrialized world in a simple and innovative way. Francis Kéré won the prestigious Aga Khan Award for Architecture in 2004 for the primary school.

Tickets: £8.50/£5.50

Restoring the Splendour of Djenné
Talk Thursday 18 March, 19.00
SOAS, Russell Square, London WC1H

Join Rogier Bedaux and Annette Schmidt, Volkenkunde Museum and the architect Pierre Maas, to discuss the cooperative venture between Mali and the Netherlands.

Much More From a Lot Less. The Architecture of C. Anjalendran
Talk Tuesday 23 March, 18.30

The eminent Sri Lankan architect C. Anjalendran presents his work which is imbued with a simple directness acknowledging the rich vernacular traditions of his homeland. His visionary projects include the SOS Children’s Village orphanages that are created from cheap locally sourced materials, consume minimal energy, while at the same time fusing together the various traditions of a tragically divided country. Introduced by David Robson, author of Anjalendran – Architect of Sri Lanka. With support from the Friends of Sri Lanka.

The Masons of Djenné
Talk Tuesday 23 March, 18.30
With Dr. Trevor H.J. Marchand, Djenné exhibition curator and Senior Lecturer in Anthropology, School of Oriental & African Studies.

Free but booking essential

Behind the Façade in Djenné
Talk Thursday 25 March, 19.00
SOAS, Russell Square, London WC1H
Join Michael Rowlands, UCL and Charlotte Joy, Cambridge as they discuss how to create local value for cultural heritage through sustainable architectural tradition.

Economic and Environmental Sustainability
Talk Thursday 29 April, 19.00
SOAS, Russell Square, London WC1H

Join Rowland Keable, Ram Cast CIC, for an expert presentation on structures, standards and models for earth building in the 21st century.

This series coincides with the exhibition
Djenné: African City of Mud, 3 March–28 April
at the RIBA.

Unless stated otherwise, talks are free. For bookings at the Ismaili Centre, please call 020 7581 207.
For information about talks at SOAS please visit

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