SOAS University of London

Department of Anthropology and Sociology

The Art of Mud Building: Heritage and Sustainability

The Art of Mud Building - Man on Ladder
Exhibition, Gallery Talk, Lecture Series and Film

‘The art of mud building thrives where masons adapt traditional knowledge, building craft and magic to a modern, changing world.’

The Djenné: African City of Mud exhibition (3 March-29 May 2010 - NOTE, this is extended from the previous end date of 29 April) at the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) explores the relationship between design and construction practices, architectural heritage and cultural identity in Djenné, an island town in West Africa’s Inland Niger Delta. Djenné’s elegant merchant houses and world-renowned mosque have made it a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The exhibition is curated by Dr Trevor H J Marchand (SOAS, Department of Anthropology). 

Accompanying the exhibition a lecture series and film, in partnership with RIBA, sponsored by SOAS, ESRC, Aga Khan and the Dutch Embassy will take place in March-April 2010. 

'A fascinating series of talks at the RIBA, SOAS and the Ismaili Centre in London, explores the unique tradition of mud building in Africa.'

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