21.06.2018 – 13.07.2018
African Speculations explores the recent proliferation of speculative urbanization activities across the African continent. Despite the urgent demand for urbanistic upgrades throughout much of Africa, the myriad proposals that characterize these urbanization activities are rarely oriented toward those populations actually in need. Rather, exogenous models of settlement and infrastructure are being imported into wholly incongruous contexts with little regard for the realities of their destination. African Speculations considers these activities in the context of recent speculative building pursuits undertaken in places like Spain, Ireland, Dubai and China during the first decade of the 21st century, paying particular attention to the severe social, environmental and political consequences that emerged from the failure of these antecedents.