From Collecting to Connecting or How not to Collect

Architecture Archives of the Future
CCA elsewhere, in English, Berlage Zaal TU Delft, 22 November

In 2022, the CCA started a pilot project Find & Tell Elsewhere, by collaborating with the custodians of the papers of the Sudanese architect Abdel-Moneim Mustafa (1930) to examine his significant interventions in Khartoum and surroundings, and his role in the architecture of nation building in Sudan. This talk, by Martien de Vletter, will touch upon the second edition of the project, in collaboration with Warebi Brisibe and a team of scholars discovering material related to the early Nigerian Independence architecture.

Our intention was to find ways to engage with this material, to make it visible and available for research rather than to acquire it, and at the same time to support local historians and researchers in sharing their work globally. In particular, we question if the future of the institution is still and only “to collect and give access” or if it also can be “to research and give access”. Find more information about the event here.


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