Enamored with Place leads to Cameroon architecture

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De La Case A La Villa  

From Hut To Modern House-Cover

The book, De La Case A La Villa

This book attempts to answer the African architect’s constant professional dilemma—respecting the concept of “modern African” architecture, whereas Africans do not wish to live in traditional-style huts any longer.
Epée Ellong, with Diane Chehab, follow traditional African architecture through various historical phases to today’s African architecture, so as to highlight contradictions through a societal and technical lens.
The illustrations and images that accompany the text show the construction phases of traditional and contemporary architecture, as well as everyday objects. Many historical and linguistic references are used in order to better explain the changes on both a human and architectural level.
Subjects covered in the book include:

  • Historical migrations in Africa
  • Traditional architecture in Cameroon
  • Colonial architecture
  • The consequences of social changes on architecture and construction
  • The evolution of housing in Cameroon
  • Thoughts on the future of African architecture

Why was this book written? There are few books that explain the relationship between history, colonization, sociology and architecture in Africa.

The authors:
Epée Ellong is a native of Douala, Cameroon. He is an architect trained at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris, France. In 1983, he founded an architectural firm, CAEE, with his spouse, Diane Chehab, an American-born architect. The philosophy behind CAEE was to reincarnate African traditional architecture into modern design. A home whose basic materials are bamboo and palm fronds, and no electricity or running water, can’t be automatically transformed into a contemporary dwelling. Epée drew upon traditional symbolism and masks to “Africanize” CAEE’s architecture. The firm designed projects in Cameroon, Guinea, and Ivory Coast.
CAEE’s projects brought Epee to many parts of Cameroon, where he was familiarized with the country’s ethnic, cultural and geographic diversity. He met many regional traditional chiefs who provided him with the background of the architectural and social upheavals brought on by the arrival of Europeans. Together with these chiefs, he put together a nomenclature of the typological elements of traditional construction.
Epée has been practicing architecture in the United States since 1995. He has also taught Afro-centric architecture within specialized workshops, and speaks at American universities and at the Museum for African Art in New York.
Diane Chehab was born in the United States, lived in several countries and continentbads, and studied architecture at the Lebanese University in Beirut and at the Beaux Arts in Paris, France. She married her colleague, Epée Ellong, and moved to Cameroon to manage their architectural firm. She learned Duala, her spouse’s language, to better understand the culture. She currently shares her time between the United States and Cameroon.

The book is published by Riveneuve Editions, Paris. It can be purchased on Amazon.com in the United States.

The English edition is not out yet, but the French edition is bursting with photos and sketches and one learns, again, the importance of culture in architecture. 

IAWA Exploring the Lived Experiences of Women Architects

New blog by Virginia Tech special collections of the International Archive of Women Architects archivist Winn about the lived experiences of Women Architects includes Wendy Bertrand’s memoir Enamored with Place: As Woman + As Architect and Inge Horton, local author … Continue reading

Equity by Design Conference Opening @ AutoDesk

October 28,2016 at Auto Desk, Wendy Bertrand donates copies of her memoir :Enamored with Place:As Woman+As Architect to support theme of opening event encouraging AIA Equity by Design Conference goers to tell their stories.

Books for Equity by Design attendees

Books for Equity by Design attendees

Wendy Bertrand third from left with jacket by Lola of SF

Wendy Bertrand third from left with jacket by Lola of SF

 

About Weaving Exhibit: Woven Together: Experience & Expression

16 triangles end of show walk through

16 Triangles during end of show talk

Woven Together Jan 13 to Feb 12, 2017

Global Warming during end of show talk

 

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Global Warming Handspun and commercial wool yarn on linen warp 60 X 42 inches

    

Carpets/ Wendy Bertrand

Reporting (edited) on Woven Together by Wendy Bertrand

News Release  Woven Together: Experience & Expression

A Loom & Shuttle Guild Members’ Exhibition

January 13 – February 12, 2017                

Reception:  7-9 PM Friday, January 13, 2017 

Sanchez Art Center / East Gallery  1220-B Linda Mar Blvd., Pacifica, California

Gallery hours: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday 1–5 pm (starting January 14, 2017)

An exhibition of handwoven and handcrafted textiles, Woven Together: Experience & Expression, will be shown in the East Gallery of the Sanchez Art Center in Pacifica, California, from January 13, 2017 thru February 12, 2017. Art pieces, fashion, sculpture, wearable art, weaving for the home, and fine craft made by members of the Loom and Shuttle Guild will be displayed, reflecting a wide range of techniques and skills. Items include  woven scarves, shawls, bags, jackets, table runners, tapestries, baskets,  carpets, and stitched textiles. Items will be available for purchase.

The Loom and Shuttle Guild, a San Francisco weaving guild founded in 1948, draws participants from all over the San Francisco Bay Area. Members come not only from textile, fine art, and fashion careers, but from a diversity of fields such as music, teaching, technology,   graphic design, writing, architecture, nursing, law, science, and more. Many artists  have been weaving for decades, and many exhibit their work in local and national exhibits. New members continue to join the guild and expand  their knowledge about the art and craft of weaving.

The guild’s purpose is to promote high standards of weaving, to stimulate public interest and appreciation in handweaving and fiber art, and to offer educational opportunities. Demonstrations of weaving, spinning, and braiding will be    scheduled periodically throughout the exhibit, and posted on the Loom and Shuttle website.

Open to all, this free exhibit highlights the ancient craft of handweaving still practiced today. There is ample free parking and the Sanchez Art Center is wheelchair accessible.

For the Conference of Northern California Handweavers: www.CNCH.org

For gallery information: www.SanchezArtCenter.org

 

Bertrand in Conversation at Folio Books at Odd Mondays

Odd Mondays at Folio Books 3957 24th Street in Noe Valley March 9, 2015 Odd Monday at 7pm Wendy Bertrand: Enamored with Place: As Woman and as Architect Wendy will be in conversation with writers: Kathy Dalle-Molle and the Senders

SF Waldorf School: Architecture Class Press Release

May 6, 2014 History of Architecture Class
Peggy Fok, teacher   Wendy Bertrand, architect and guest speaker

History of Architecture Class

History of Architecture Class photo by Niles and Miranda

San Francisco Experts in Sustainable Design Share their Vision with the Next Generation Unique High School Program Connects Students with Leading Local Voices and the Power of Place ! San Francisco – A renowned group of San Francisco architects, authors, and sustainability experts will anchor a unique three-day educational program this week that connects graduating high school seniors with the structures, systems, and environment of their City!

The students are from San Francisco Waldorf High School’s History of Architecture class, one of several required courses designed to help seniors understand their emerging place in the world. Featured speakers include Wendy Bertrand, architect and author of the award-winning memoir, Enamored with Place, and Eric Corey Freed, founder of organicARCHITECT and expert in biomimicry architecture, a design discipline that relies on nature’s patterning and strategies to guide sustainability. !

Noted Freed: “We’ve left this world a mess for the next generation, so the very least we can do is to help motivate and inspire young people to work toward making the world a better place. I am excited to see what they come up with!

Program Itinerary: Please contact SFWS if you would like to attend any of the events below !

Tuesday, May 6
9:00 Enamored with Place author Wendy Bertrand on new directions in architecture, including PhD. programs in sustainable architecture at the SF Waldorf High School 470 West Portal Ave !

Thursday, May 8
8:30 Urban Farming Graze the Roof: Glide’s rooftop garden 330 Ellis St. !

9:30 Sustainable Municipal Building SF Public Utilities Commission (LEED-Platinum) 525 Golden Gate Ave !

11:45 Sustainable Design in Historic San Francisco Building Smith Group architects lead tour Bentley Reserve 301 Battery !

1:00 Biomimicry Architecture Award-winner architect and author Eric Corey Freed 301 Battery St.

2:30 Regional Transportation and Urban Housing Hub Transbay Transit Center 201 Mission Street !

3:00 Privately Owned Public Open Space Benjamin Osgood discusses workplace sustainability 343 Sansome St. !

4:00 Downtown Architectural Highlights Student presentation/walking tour 201 Mission Street– 140 Maiden Ln. !

Friday, May 9

8:30 What Shaped San Francisco? Walking tour with writer and educator Joel Pomerantz 10th & Lincoln SF Botanical Garden and California of Academy of Sciences !

11:00 Transformation of Public Streets David Winslow, Living Alleys 300 Linden St. !

1:00 Ecological Bicycle Tour Chris Carlsson, author, educator 518 Valencia St.

3:00 Green Building and Landscaping Eco-Center

 

Speaking at 100 Authors for Literacy

Wendy and Belva Davis and oour memoirs1st photo Wendy Bertrand with Belva Davis both with memoirs
Wendy and Alicia Sept 21, 20132nd photo Wendy Bertrand with author Alicia Young at Authors for Literacy event

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC FREE
North Central Neighborhood Association
Dr. Martin Luther King Community Center
725 Monte Diable Avenue
San Mateo, California

Saturday, September 21 from 10 am to 4 pm
Books for sale from 60 authors and short presentations by each

Wendy Bertrand, Enamored with Place: As Woman + As Architect will 1:15 pm to 1:30pm in the Salmon Room

Belva Davis will be the featured speaker at 2 pm about her memoir Never in My Wildest Dreams in Main Auditorium

Dr. Joy DeGruy Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome to speak at 3 pm in main auditorium