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Title: Analysis of ornamentations in modernist and postmodernist building infrastructure: a case study of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST).
Authors: Oppong, R. A.
Adjei, K.
Keywords: KNUST
building infrastructure
Issue Date: 12-Apr-2017
Publisher: ICIDA
Citation: ICIDA, 6th International Conference on infrastructure development in Africa
Abstract: KNUST architecture is an amalgam of modernist and postmodernist styles. The earlier buildings show true characteristic of modernism while the latter ones show some features of postmodernism. Despite the general rejection of ornament in modernist building infrastructural development, the evidence on KNUST campus shows that ornaments have been employed in many of the modernist buildings. This study aimed at identifying the reasons for this development and to analyse some of the ornamentations that have been used in both the modernist and postmodernist architecture on the KNUST campus. to determine their effectiveness and relevance within the contemporary discourse. The study employed the observation and descriptive methods of the qualitative methodology, as well as personal interviews for the data collection and discussion. The study reveals that the ornamentations (mural) on the early buildings are the results of adaptations that were made possible by the curriculum that was initiated by staff of the Painting and Sculpture department of the Faculty of Art. The curriculum made it mandatory for every final year student of the department to locate and produce mural as a final year project. It was observed that some of the murals were not in good conditions and those that were in good conditions were retouched versions of the original works. Again it was observed that the only work that was deliberately commissioned by the architect was the ceramic mural which is located in a postmodernist building, (Hale and Hearty) that captures the theme of the space.
Description: In the proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Infrastructure Development in Africa, 12th April, 2017, KNUST, Ghana.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/10861
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