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Africa of the 1960s. Just as Orestes abandons Argos and its irrational, tribal culture to discover reason and democracy in Athens, similarly young African countries, having gained independence, may find their way to democracy and “modernity”. Pasolini considered this a positive process because it began with the people. “Here are the latest notes for a conclusion. Their world is established. The power to decide their future, at least formally, is in the hands of the people. The ancient primeval gods coexist with the new world of reason and freedom. How to draw to an end? Well, the ultimate conclusion is not there, it is suspended. A new nation was born. Its problems are endless. But the problems cannot just ‘be solved’, you live through them. And life is slow. The move towards the future has no vacuum. The work of a people knows neither rhetoric nor delay. His future is in his anxiety for the future and his anxiety is a great deal of patience.” • * Filippo De Dominicis holds a research contract at University IUAV of Venice; Cristina Pallini is senior researcher at the Department of Architecture, Built environment and Construction engineering at the Politecnico di Milano; Annalisa Scaccabarozzi has a teaching contract at the School of Civil Architecture, Politecnico di Milano.