The debate about the reality of an african architecture appears to have subsided. Many architects and scholars argue, that architecture has become so internationalised, that it is futile to continue agitating for the development of an african architecture.
This paper examines african architecture during the colonial period and immediately after independence. It argues that african architects were overwhelmed by the need to fid a new identity for the young states, that they almost wholeheartedly threw out all consideration for sustainability.
The paper further argues that even after years of training her own architects, the attitude has not changed. If anything, it has worsened with the modern architect trying to overdo so called internationalism.
The paper cautions, that it is high time african architects awakened to the reality of the region’s socio-economic and climatic conditions in order to be able to design sustainably for the african people.
Examples from the East African region are discussed.