“Hotel Africa and the Crumbling of Modernity. Malkit Shoshan visits a Dom-Ino House, a UN Base, and an Irish Bar” is now featured on the Canadian Center for Architecture’s website.

On the coast of Monrovia, along the shores of the Atlantic, a former luxury resort stands dilapidated, embodying the shattered dreams of emancipation and a long history of violence. Our visit to the former five-star Hotel Africa in Liberia in 2017 was part of a field study and a long-term research project titled BLUE: The Architecture of UN Peace Missions,1 which investigates the impacts of United Nations peacekeeping missions on cities, communities, and the environment.

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