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Netherlands Architecture Institute hosts cultural programme for President of Mali

On 30 November, the Netherlands Architecture Institute (NAI) is hosting a cultural programme for the president of Mali in conjunction with the Museum Volkenkunde Leiden and architect Pierre Maas. Mali and the Netherlands have a long-standing relationship in the field of the arts and culture, most notably in the architecture sector.

The NAI has organised a programme in honour of the president, which highlights both the diversity of Dutch architecture and the relationship between the Netherlands and Mali. Ole Bouman, director of the NAI, will give the delegation a tour of the NAI’s ‘Treasury’, which contains unique Dutch architectural designs. He will focus on the scale model by Dutch architect Herman Haan, who constructed a version of African rock dwellings in miniature. The way in which the African dwellings interweave spatial needs with social and living requirements inspired him and other architects in the Netherlands to adapt these patterns to create new forms of residential living.

Annette Schmidt, the Africa curator of the Museum Volkenkunde Leiden will speak about the collaborative relationship between Mali and the Netherlands. Since 1996, both countries have working together to restore the historic loam architecture of Pays Dogon and Djenné, a designated UNESCO World Heritage site. Architect Pierre Maas, who is also involved in the restoration project, discusses his designs for a new structure, also in loam, which will be built in Mali, the capital of Mali. His design reveals that we can learn a great deal from each other’s building and design choices.

President Amadou Toumani Touré and Ms. Touré Lobbo Traoré will be on an official visit to the Netherlands at the invitation of Her Majesty the Queen, from Tuesday 29 November until Thursday 1 December 2011.

Visit president of Mali; photo Fred Ernst