Writing a Postcolonial History of Modern Architecture and Urbanism in Germany and Beyond (31.10.2019)

Video recording

In this lecture Professor Itohan Osayimwese (Brown University) considers the effects of colonialism on the development of modern architecture in Germany from the 1850s to the 1930s, showing how colonialism facilitated a new openness to experimentation fueled by the practice of exhibiting and archiving non-Western objects. By conceptualizing these archives as sites that collected, organized, and policed knowledge, yet, by their very nature, remain open to historiographical reconstitution, Professor Osayimwese articulates a new, more global history that centers colonialism’s contribution to German modernism.


Prof. Dr. Laurent Stalder