Dakar Exchange: A New Generation of African Architects

Dakar Exchange was led by Abidjan-based architect Issa Diabaté and Dakar-based architect Jean-Charles Tall at the Collège Universitaire d’Architecture de Dakar and the Goethe-Institut in Dakar, Senegal. The exchange aimed to develop an African approach to global challenges posed by the age of hypermobility – an age that is mediated by digital technology, popular media, migration and remittances. Together with students, Diabaté and Tall researched the ideas and aspirations that West Africans bring back from their experiences abroad and explored their impact on the creation of new spaces in West Africa. The workshop focused on young people’s perception of dwelling, working and movement as an interconnected whole based on local ecosystems, climate, culture, technology and economy.


Issa Diabaté

Jean-Charles Tall

Binta Johanna Ndiaye

Cherif Tall

Dakar Exchange :

Collège Universitaire d’Architecture de Dakar: Jean-Charles Tall

Goethe-Institut Senegal: Binta Johanna Ndiaye

Company House of Jouvence: Cherif Tall

Koffi-Diabaté Architects: Issa Diabaté

J&T Architectes et Associés: Ndèye Mbathio Diop

Dior Dieng

The Hub: Dakar

Dakar Exchange Workshop Participants:

Rokhy Muto Gueye, Khadidj Dieye, Fabrice Dosseh, Marceline Senouvo, Ibrahim Mbaye and Mame Amainata Diouf