• DAR ES SALAAM CENTRE FOR ARCHITECTURAL HERITAGE
    Saving and promoting urban heritage in Dar es Salaam
    and the East African Region.
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    DAR ES SALAAM CENTRE FOR ARCHITECTURAL HERITAGE
    Saving and promoting urban heritage in Dar es Salaam
    and the East African Region.
    City Tours         Newsletter
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  • The Dar es Salaam Centre for Architectural Heritage (DARCH) is a non-profit company that aims at saving and promoting historical architecture in Dar es Salaam and the wider East African context through research and documentation, education & professional training, community outreach and public cultural events.

    DARCH! is located in the Old Boma -presumably Dar’s oldest building, renovated to the highest international standards making it a showcase of sustainable conservation, attesting to an approach towards built heritage that is innovative, integrated, sensitive and developmental, understanding heritage as a living and constantly transforming asset - a key driver and catalyst for economic, social, cultural and political innovation and reinvention.

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General information Special Events and Activities

  • Launch of Exhibition on African Modernist Architecture
    25

    Mar,19

  • Launch of Exhibition on African Modernist Architecture

    Darch the old boma building, SOKOINE DRIVE
    12:00 PM - 12:00 PM

    During the late 1950s and the early 1960s most countries of Sub-Saharan Africa gained their independence. Architecture became one of the principal means with which the young nations expressed their national identity. Parliament buildings, central banks, stadiums, conference centers, universities and independence memorials were constructed, often featuring heroic and daring designs. Modern and futuristic architecture mirrored the aspirations and forward looking spirit that was dominant at that time. A coinciding period of economic boom made elaborate construction methods possible while the tropical climate allowed for an architecture that blended the inside and outside, focused on form and the expression of materiality. The architecture of countries such as Ghana, Senegal, Côte d’Ivoire, Kenya or Zambia still represents some of the best examples of 1960s and 1970s architecture worldwide. Nevertheless it has received little attention and still remains to be ‘rediscovered’.
    At the same time, this architecture also shows the difficulties, contradictions and dilemmas that the countries experienced in their independence process. The documentation of these buildings allows us to see architecture at a fascinating nexus of design and politics. Tanzania was no exception in this architectural journey of discovery and becoming. There will be a special installation on the Tanzanian chapter with our very own indigenous architects, in the likes of Anthony Almeida and Beda Amuli.

    Add Now 25 Mar,19 12:00 PM 25 Mar,19 12:00 PM East Africa Launch of Exhibition on African Modernist Architecture During the late 1950s and the early 1960s most countries of Sub-Saharan Africa gained their independence. Architecture became one of the principal means with which the young nations expressed their national identity. Parliament buildings, central banks, stadiums, conference centers, universities and independence memorials were constructed, often featuring heroic and daring designs. Modern and futuristic architecture mirrored the aspirations and forward looking spirit that was dominant at that time. A coinciding period of economic boom made elaborate construction methods possible while the tropical climate allowed for an architecture that blended the inside and outside, focused on form and the expression of materiality. The architecture of countries such as Ghana, Senegal, Côte d’Ivoire, Kenya or Zambia still represents some of the best examples of 1960s and 1970s architecture worldwide. Nevertheless it has received little attention and still remains to be ‘rediscovered’.
    At the same time, this architecture also shows the difficulties, contradictions and dilemmas that the countries experienced in their independence process. The documentation of these buildings allows us to see architecture at a fascinating nexus of design and politics. Tanzania was no exception in this architectural journey of discovery and becoming. There will be a special installation on the Tanzanian chapter with our very own indigenous architects, in the likes of Anthony Almeida and Beda Amuli.
    Darch the old boma building, SOKOINE DRIVE Dar es salaam Centre of Architectural Heritage info@darchtz.com
  • Urban Night Series
    01

    Feb,19

  • Urban Night Series

    Darch the old boma building, SOKOINE DRIVE
    7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

    Please join us and bring a friend!

    Add Now 01 Feb,19 7:00 PM 01 Feb,19 10:00 PM East Africa Urban Night Series Please join us and bring a friend! Darch the old boma building, SOKOINE DRIVE Dar es salaam Centre of Architectural Heritage info@darchtz.com

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