Contemporary Responses to 21st Century Pressures

An ex-centric study by Benedetta Rogers | Lucy Paton | Anthony Staples | Matthew Eberhard

BMXers in Independence Square— Rogers, Paton, Staples & Eberhard

London is facing increasing pressure from a changing and globalising world, our communities struggling to accommodate the flux associated with population growth, migration and economic uncertainty. Yet as a society we continue to view the Western city as the model of development — at the forefront of modernisation and progress.

In March 2016, we [Rogers, Paton, Staples, Eberhard] travelled to Accra in Ghana, looking to this rapidly growing African city for an ex-centric study of contemporary responses to 21st century pressures.

Small London in Nima, Accra — Rogers, Paton, Staples & Eberhard

Echoes of Accra Exhibition London

Using interviews, sound, imagery, drawings and ephemera we present a series of part real, part imagined walks through the city [Accra].

The exhibition presents a collection of personal stories from across Ghana’s capital, which heard together; tell broader narratives about the city, its diverse and distinct communities and idiosyncratic inhabitants.

Despite its challenges, we found communities within Accra that remain resilient and expectant. Characteristics that manifest themselves in a highly social urban landscape able to integrate strangers, accommodate change and above all adapt.

Issac Van Der Puije in his Deo Gratias photography Studio — Rogers, Paton, Staples & Eberhard

The exhibition is showing at Doomed Gallery, 65–67 Ridley Road London. The opening night will be Thursday 16 of June, showing until Sunday 19 June 2016

EOA_Poster — Rogers, Paton, Staples &Eberhard

Words and images: Benedetta Rogers, Lucy Paton, Anthony Staples & Matthew Eberhard — Architects working in various firms in London

This exhibition is part of the London Festival of Architecture 2016

The study was funded by the RIBA, the Arts Council England and the British Council.

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