Chinese involvement in Africa has a very physical impact that can be clearly observed on aerial pictures: Chinese roads, railroads, airports and other large infrastructural projects have changed the landscape of many parts of Africa. Chinese companies are becoming increasingly involved in the full scope of urban development: design and development of residential compounds, creation of Special Economic Zones, the construction of landmark buildings and the drafting of urban plans. They also start to influence the soft side of cities through language schools, TV stations, restaurants, supermarkets, clinics and casinos.
In 2013, the Go West Project started to study the impact of Chinese urban strategies in Africa. This exhibition gives an impression of the first preliminary results from Nairobi (Kenya), Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), Accra (Ghana) and Luanda (Angola).