Afropolitan Architecture

Curated by Lesley Lokko, the Venice Architecture Biennale 2023 invites us into The Laboratory of the Future, with a focus on Africa as a crucible of creative innovation characterized by the youth, rising economies, and increasing mobility of its 1.46 billion inhabitants. The Biennale's diverse showcase captures alternative urbanities, both real and imaginary.

The event series "Afropolitan Architecture: Imagining the African Urban Future by Design" emerged as a collaboration between Mokena Makeka (Dalberg Advisors) and Matthew Barac (London Metropolitan University). The British Pavilion in Venice hosted the first three of five sessions, with the fourth dialogue scheduled for September at the Africa Centre in London and the final session in November 2023 in New York. Guests at the Venice dialogues in May 2023 included Tosin Oshinowo, Tara Gbolade, Hayley Eber Tau Tavengwa, and Nana Biamah-Ofosu.

Read more about our London Afropolitan event on 19 September 2023.

The participants are walking through the city streets

Project Details

Project team

Mokena Makeka (Dalberg Advisors)
Emma Carpenter
Geraldine Worship (Dalberg Advisors)


FLOW (Future of Living for One World)