Manuel Herz

Manuel Herz © Photo by Shadi Rahbaran

Manuel Herz (b. 1969) is an architect with his own practice in Basel, Switzerland and Cologne, Germany. He was educated at the RWTH Aachen in Germany and at the Architectural Association in London. Herz‘s research focuses on the architecture and urbanism of migration. His book 'From Camp to City: Refugee Camps of the Western Sahara' documents how refugee camps can be places of social emancipation. At the Architecture Biennial in Venice in 2016, Manuel Herz curated and designed the National Pavilion of Western Sahara. His award-winning book 'African Modernism - Architecture of Independence' presents the architecture of countries such as Ghana, Senegal, Ivory Coast, Kenya and Zambia at the time of their independence in the 1960s and 1970s. The parallel exhibition shown at the Vitra Design Museum is currently touring cities in Europe, the US, and Africa. He has also co-authored the book 'Nairobi - Migration Shaping the City' and the MetroBasel Comic, an urban study of the tri-national region of Basel.


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