Dear Madam, Dear Sir,
Please find this presentation of Manger à Porto Novo / Eating in Porto-Novo (Official capital city of Benin, West Africa).
This project is the first landmark of Liaisons urbaines / Urban linkage, a program of experimentation and transformation of urban spaces in various African cities with rapid and inexpensive interventions that blend urban management, design, art and heritage and involve communities of residents, cultural operators and creators (designers, architects, visual artists).
The program focuses on squares, grounds, sidewalks, open spaces and community spaces : “public spaces” that play a central role in the social, economic and cultural activities of African cities but seem neglected in a context of urban growth where privileged infrastructure, equipment and housing.
This first intervention, which took place in 2012 and 2013, focused on the perennial management of Agonsa Honto Square, a Vodoun site also dedicated to street food and vendors. It will be followed by other operations in other cities on the African continent (and possibly the Caribbean) on issues of ambulation, communication or the role of and water in public space.
Baba Keita – Director of l’Ecole du Patrimoine Africain – EPA
Franck Houndégla – Artistic director of the project
Valérie Lesbros – l’Institut Français, Afrique et Caraïbes en créations, Paris
Fiona Meadows – Cité de l’architecture et du patrimoine
Michel Bouisson – VIA -Valorisation de l’Innovation dans l’Ameublement.
Artistic coordination of the operation in Porto-Novo:
Bassale Gerard, director of the Cultural Center Ouadada
Designers involved in the project in Porto-Novo:
Theodore Dakpogan, sculptor
François Abléfonlin, painter
Francis Sessou, architect
Liaisons urbaines is a program supported by the Institut français (Paris), the Ecole du Patrimoine Africain – EPA (Porto-Novo), the Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine and the VIA (Paris).