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(Hybrid) Opening Doors in Architecture with Rahim Danto Barry

July 6 @ 19 h 30 min - 20 h 30 min

Join Evenings with an Author (in person and online*) to discuss

Portes d’Afrique

with architect and author Rahim Danto Barry

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Architect Rahim Danto Barry will be speaking about his career in France and his seminal work, Portes d’Afrique (1999). From the Centre Pompidou-Metz, to the Stade de France, to terminals of Charles de Gaulle, Barry has helped develop emblematic sites dedicated to sports, travel, and culture across France. He is an expert in movement, and this fascination with transit is expressed in his writing: Portes d’Afrique is both a rigorous study of doorways in African architecture, and a meditation upon heritage, culture, and identity. Considering the door as both a physical feature and a symbol of passage, Barry traverses an array of countries and regions in Africa in search of the functional, aesthetic, and spiritual as expressed in the doorway. 

This conversation will be in French.

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About the speaker:

Rahim Danto Barry is an architect working in France. Notable projects to which he has contributed include the Centre Pompidou-Metz, the Stade de France, and the Pavillon de la France for the 1992 Seville Universal Exposition. His writings on architecture include a chapter in La Fondation Louis Vuitton par Frank Gehry (2014) and his 1999 work Portes d’Afrique. 

Registration required. Free and open to the public.

*The discussion will be available both online and in person. While the conversation will happen in person (Barry will appear in the Reading Room), the Library will stream the conversation on Zoom for a live viewing experience. Both in-person and online attendees will be able to pose questions.

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Important on-site information regarding COVID-19: Masks remain strongly recommended, per the French Ministry of Health.


July 6
19 h 30 min - 20 h 30 min
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