Art: Starting a Tradition

Architect Harry Weese was in trouble. He had just arrived in Accra, the palm-fringed capital of West Africa's Gold Coast, and what had seemed a minor problem back in his Chicago office suddenly began growing like a tropical weed. Young (41), function-minded Architect Weese had been commissioned by the State Department, on a low budget of $300,000, to design an embassy and staff residences in hot, humid Accra, with the stipulation that his design must harmonize with the indigenous architectural tradition. But apart from thatch or corrugated iron and adobe, he found that...

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