Architecture and Power in Africa

  • Filename: architecture-and-power-in-africa.
  • ISBN: 0275976793
  • Release Date: 2002
  • Number of pages: 177
  • Author: Nnamdi Elleh
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group



Explores socio-economic implications of Our Lady of Peace Basilica in Ivory Coast and the Hassan II Mosque in Morocco.

Architecture Power and Religion in Lebanon

  • Filename: architecture-power-and-religion-in-lebanon.
  • ISBN: 9789004307056
  • Release Date: 2015-11-23
  • Number of pages: 478
  • Author: Ward Vloeberghs
  • Publisher: Brill



In Architecture, Power and Religion in Lebanon, Ward Vloeberghs explores Rafiq Hariri’s patronage and posthumous legacy to demonstrate how built fabric becomes a tool to convey political messages in contemporary Lebanon.

Colonial Architecture and Urbanism in Africa

  • Filename: colonial-architecture-and-urbanism-in-africa.
  • ISBN: 0754675122
  • Release Date: 2012
  • Number of pages: 438
  • Author: Fassil Demissie
  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.



Colonial architecture and urbanism carved its way through space: ordering and classifying the built environment, while projecting the authority of European powers across Africa in the name of science and progress. The built urban fabric left by colonial powers attests to its lingering impacts in shaping the present and the future trajectory of postcolonial cities in Africa. Colonial Architecture and Urbanism explores the intersection between architecture and urbanism as discursive cultural projects in Africa. Like other colonial institutions such as the courts, police, prisons, and schools, that were crucial in establishing and maintaining political domination, colonial architecture and urbanism played s pivotal role in shaping the spatial and social structures of African cities during the 19th and 20th centuries. Indeed, it is the cultural destination of colonial architecture and urbanism and the connection between them and colonialism that the volume seeks to critically address. The contributions drawn from different interdisciplinary fields map the historical processes of colonial architecture and urbanism and bring into sharp focus the dynamic conditions in which colonial states, officials, architects, planners, medical doctors and missionaries mutually constructed a hierarchical and exclusionary built environment that served the wider colonial project in Africa.

Colonial Architecture and Urbanism in Africa

  • Filename: colonial-architecture-and-urbanism-in-africa.
  • ISBN: 0754675122
  • Release Date: 2012
  • Number of pages: 438
  • Author: Fassil Demissie
  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.



Colonial architecture and urbanism carved its way through space: ordering and classifying the built environment, while projecting the authority of European powers across Africa in the name of science and progress. The built urban fabric left by colonial powers attests to its lingering impacts in shaping the present and the future trajectory of postcolonial cities in Africa. Colonial Architecture and Urbanism explores the intersection between architecture and urbanism as discursive cultural projects in Africa. Like other colonial institutions such as the courts, police, prisons, and schools, that were crucial in establishing and maintaining political domination, colonial architecture and urbanism played s pivotal role in shaping the spatial and social structures of African cities during the 19th and 20th centuries. Indeed, it is the cultural destination of colonial architecture and urbanism and the connection between them and colonialism that the volume seeks to critically address. The contributions drawn from different interdisciplinary fields map the historical processes of colonial architecture and urbanism and bring into sharp focus the dynamic conditions in which colonial states, officials, architects, planners, medical doctors and missionaries mutually constructed a hierarchical and exclusionary built environment that served the wider colonial project in Africa.

Coloniality of Power in Postcolonial Africa Myths of Decolonization

  • Filename: coloniality-of-power-in-postcolonial-africa-myths-of-decolonization.
  • ISBN: 9782869785786
  • Release Date: 2013
  • Number of pages: 308
  • Author: Sabelo J. Ndlovu-Gatsheni
  • Publisher: Codesria Book Series



This lively book interrogates the African postcolonial condition with a focus on the thematics of liberation predicament and the long standing crisis of dependence (epistemological, cultural, economic, and political) created by colonialism and coloniality. A sophisticated deployment of historical, philosophical, and political knowledge in combination with the equi-primordial concepts of coloniality of power, coloniality of being, and coloniality of knowledge yields a comprehensive and truly refreshing understanding of African realities of subalternity. How global imperial designs and coloniality of power shaped the architecture of African social formations and disciplined the social forces towards a convoluted 'postcolonial neocolonized' paralysis dominated by myths of decolonization and illusions of freedom emerges poignantly in this important book. What distinguishes this book is its decolonial entry that enables a critical examination of the grammar of decolonization that is often wrongly conflated with that of emancipation; bold engagement with the intractable question of what and who is an African; systematic explication of the role of coloniality in sustaining Euro-American hegemony; and unmasking of how the 'postcolonial' is interlocked with the 'neocolonial' paradoxically. It is within this context that the postcolonial African state emerges as a leviathan, and the 'postcolonial' reality becomes a terrain of contradictions mediated by the logic of violence. No doubt, Sabelo Ndlovu-Gatsheni's handling of complex concepts and difficult questions of the day is remarkable, particularly the decoding and mixing of complex theoretical interventions from Africa and Latin America to enlighten the present, without losing historical perspicacity. To buttress the theoretical arguments, detailed empirical case studies of South Africa, Zimbabwe, DRC and Namibia completes this timely contribution to African Studies.

Butabu

  • Filename: butabu.
  • ISBN: 9781568984131
  • Release Date: 2004
  • Number of pages: 216
  • Author: James Morris
  • Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press



A photographic survey of adobe buildings throughout West Africa, including the great mosque at Djenne (the largest mud building in the world) ordinary houses and huts, arches, domes, colonnades, grillwork and other architectural feats. The text by Blier covers the history, technology and cultural significance of adobe in West Africa.

African Vodun

  • Filename: african-vodun.
  • ISBN: 0226058603
  • Release Date: 1996-12-01
  • Number of pages: 476
  • Author: Suzanne Preston Blier
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press



Beads, bones, rags, straw, leather, pottery, fur, feathers and blood—these are the raw materials of vodun artworks. The power of these images lies not only in their aesthetic, and counter-aesthetic, appeal but also in their psychological and emotional effect. As objects of fury and force, these works are intended to protect and empower people and cultures that have long been oppressed. In this first major study of its kind, Suzanne Preston Blier examines the artworks of the contemporary vodun cultures of southern Benin and Togo in West Africa as well as the related voudou traditions of Haiti, New Orleans, and historic Salem, Massachusetts. Blier employs a variety of theoretically sophisticated psychological, anthropological, and art historical approaches to explore the contrasts inherent in the vodun arts—commoners versus royalty, popular versus elite, "low" art versus "high." She examines the relation between art and the slave trade, the psychological dynamics of artistic expression, the significance of the body in sculptural expression, and indigenous perceptions of the psyche. Throughout, Blier pushes African art history to a new height of cultural awareness that recognizes the complexity of traditional African societies as it acknowledges the role of social power in shaping aesthetics and meaning generally. This book will be of critical importance not only to those concerned with African, African American, and Caribbean art, but also to anthropologists, African diaspora scholars, students of comparative religion and comparative psychology, and anyone fascinated by the traditions of voudou and vodun. "An extraordinary tour de force."—Choice "Extraordinarily detailed....Blier's examination of the entire, often mysterious history of vodun is...in a word, definitive."—Booklist "A serious study that concentrates on the hidden power of objects and the meaning behind that potency is long overdue. Welcome Susan Blier's African Vodun....Certainly a must for...those concerned with the psychology of art."—Janet L. Stanley, Art Documentation "[Blier] is usually sensitive to the need to resist imposing Western artistic values and academic methodologies inappropriately upon such art. But she offers the reader a gift even more precious; she offers rare insights into how various art forms—sculpture and home architecture in particular—yield meanings for the African users of such art.—Norman Weinstein, Boston Book Review

Verandahs of Power

  • Filename: verandahs-of-power.
  • ISBN: 0815629974
  • Release Date: 2003
  • Number of pages: 199
  • Author: Garth Andrew Myers
  • Publisher: Syracuse University Press



This work focuses on the creation of, and struggle over, urban order in four cities in Eastern and Southern Africa, namely Nairobi, Lusaka, Zanzibar, and Lilongwe, and the workings of power in the planning processes for each city. It covers colonial rule and postcolonial inheritance in these cities

African Architecture

  • Filename: african-architecture.
  • ISBN: 0070215065
  • Release Date: 1997
  • Number of pages: 382
  • Author: Nnamdi Elleh
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing



Provides an extraordinary account of the evolution, transformation and development of architecture across this continent. It is examined and evaluated from a wide range of ethnic, climatic, political economic and religious factors.

The Precolonial State in West Africa

  • Filename: the-precolonial-state-in-west-africa.
  • ISBN: 9781107040182
  • Release Date: 2014-06-09
  • Number of pages: 279
  • Author: J. Cameron Monroe
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press



This volume examines political life in the Kingdom of Dahomey, located in the Republic of Bénin.

Africa Continent of Economic Opportunity

  • Filename: africa-continent-of-economic-opportunity.
  • ISBN: 9781919855479
  • Release Date: 2007-04-01
  • Number of pages: 520
  • Author: David Fick
  • Publisher: Real African Publishers



Divided into geographic regions and representing every African nation, this comprehensive collection of case studies explores how successful business enterprises of varying size, along with community projects, help to create jobs in Africa. A valuable guide to conducting business anywhere on the continent, this account also offers information on finding business opportunities and handling oft-encountered problems.

A Critical History of Contemporary Architecture

  • Filename: a-critical-history-of-contemporary-architecture.
  • ISBN: 9781472429391
  • Release Date: 2014-03-28
  • Number of pages: 530
  • Author: Asst Prof David Rifkind
  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.



This book provides a comprehensive, critical overview of the developments in architecture from 1960 to 2010. The first section provides a presentation of major movements in architecture after 1960, and the second, a geographic survey that covers a wide range of territories around the world. This book not only reflects the different perspectives of its various authors, but also charts a middle course between the 'aesthetic' histories that examine architecture solely in terms of its formal aspects, and the more 'ideological' histories that subject it to a critique that often skirts the discussion of its formal aspects.

Portuguese Style and Luso African Identity

  • Filename: portuguese-style-and-luso-african-identity.
  • ISBN: 0253215528
  • Release Date: 2002
  • Number of pages: 208
  • Author: Peter Mark
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press



In this detailed history of domestic architecture in West Africa, Peter Mark shows how building styles are closely associated with social status and ethnic identity. Mark documents the ways in which local architecture was transformed by long-distance trade and complex social and cultural interactions between local Africans, African traders from the interior, and the Portuguese explorers and traders who settled in the Senegambia region. What came to be known as "Portuguese" style symbolized the wealth and power of Luso-Africans, who identified themselves as "Portuguese" so they could be distinguished from their African neighbors. They were traders, spoke Creole, and practiced Christianity. But what did this mean? Drawing from travelers' accounts, maps, engravings, paintings, and photographs, Mark argues that both the style of "Portuguese" houses and the identity of those who lived in them were extremely fluid. "Portuguese" Style and Luso-African Identity sheds light on the dynamic relationship between identity formation, social change, and material culture in West Africa.

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