Join us for the Great Green Wall Initiative Webinar on Saturday 26 March 2022 from 14.00 to 16.45 Paris time. The event will review contemporary African cultural transformation in extreme environments such as that of the Sahara-Sahel region.

It will be part of a series of webinars that will explore opportunities and approaches to design that respond to climate change and the making of culture-sensitive productive rural settlements that take into account the need for affordable shelter, resilient dwelling and sustainable liveability in twenty-first-century rurality.

The event will be moderated by Ashraf M. Salama (Egypt), professor of Architecture and Director of Research and of the Cluster of Architecture and Urbanism in the Global South, Department of Architecture, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK.

It will feature presentations from the following speakers:

  • Cordelia Olatokunbo Osasona (Nigeria): architect and architectural historian with degrees from Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), where she was the first woman graduate, the first woman professor, and later Vice-Dean of the OAU’s Environmental Design and Management Faculty (EDM). 
  • Hanaa Dahy  (Egypt /Germany): practicing architect, professor and researcher. Founder of Stuttgart University’s BioMat department, she also founded ArchIDA (Research Center for Architecture in Stuttgart) 
  • Borong LIN  (China): Professor and Deputy Dean of the School of Architecture at Tsinghua University. 
  • David A. Garcia  (Spain/Denmark): a practicing architect and educator. Associate Professor at the Royal Danish Art Academy School of Architecture (KADK), 
  • Anna Heringer (Germany): an architect and honorary professor of the UNESCO Chair of Earthen Architecture, Building Cultures, and Sustainable Development. 
  • Nikolaos P. Tsinikas (Greece): Professor Emeritus at the School of Architecture, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH) in Greece.