African Architecture: Evolution and Transformation / Edition 1

African Architecture: Evolution and Transformation / Edition 1

by Nnamdi Elleh
     
 

From Egypt to Ethiopia, Botswana to Burundi, and Zimbabwe to Cameroon, this landmark book presents the first complete and definitive study of African architecture from antiquity to the present. Featuring hundreds of museum-quality photographs and drawings from archival and modern sources, the book offers architects, architectural and art historians, social scientists,… See more details below

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From Egypt to Ethiopia, Botswana to Burundi, and Zimbabwe to Cameroon, this landmark book presents the first complete and definitive study of African architecture from antiquity to the present. Featuring hundreds of museum-quality photographs and drawings from archival and modern sources, the book offers architects, architectural and art historians, social scientists, and all those interested in world architecture with an ordinary account of the evolution, transformation, and development of architecture across the African continent. Elleh defines the indigenous, Islamic, and Western roots of African architecture, and goes on to examine how these roots influence the architecture of each region in Africa. The author evaluates historical, traditional, and contemporary architecture by examing the various cultural groups of North, Central, East, South, and Western Africa from ethnic, climatic, political, regional, economic, religious, and historical perspectives. In addition, a final chapter takes a revealing look at modern architecture, urbanism, and urbanization throughout Africa. At once a work of convincing scholarship and a beautifully illustrated tour of African architecture past and present, this is a pioneering book that brings a heretofore rarely examined body of work dramatically to life.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780070215061
Publisher:
McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
Publication date:
09/01/1996
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
382
Product dimensions:
8.84(w) x 11.27(h) x 0.87(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction1
Problems in African History4
The Beginning of New Thinking in African History: The "African Place"6
Laying a Foundation for the History of African Architecture: The Triple Heritage Concept8
The Book14
Organization14
Ch. 1Traditional African Architecture19
Ch. 2Western Architecture in Africa51
Ch. 3Islamic Architecture in Africa73
Ch. 4The Architecture of the Kingdom of Morocco91
Ch. 5The Architecture of Algeria, Tunisia, and Libya103
Ch. 6The Architecture of Egypt115
Ch. 7Architecture of Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, and The Republic of Sudan131
Ch. 8The Architecture of Burundi, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda159
Ch. 9Architecture of the Congo Basin: Central African Countries171
Ch. 10Architecture of Angola, Malawi, Mozambique, Madagascar, Mauritius, and Seychelles181
Ch. 11Architecture of Botswana, Namibia, Republic of Zambia, and Zimbabwe201
Ch. 12The Architecture of the Republic of South Africa215
Ch. 13The Architecture of Mauritania, Mali, Niger, and Chad241
Ch. 14The Architecture of Gambia, Guinea Bissau, Guinea, and Senegal259
Ch. 15The Architecture of Sierra Leone, Liberia, Cote D'Ivoire and Burkina Fasso271
Ch. 16The Architecture of Ghana, Benin Republic, Cameroon, Togo, Lao Tome285
Ch. 17The Architecture of Nigeria297
Ch. 18Urbanism in Africa335
Ch. 19Urbanization in Africa339
Ch. 20Modern Architecture: New Towns as National Development Strategy for Africa341
Ch. 21Conclusion: Developing the Triple Heritage Architecture345
Glossary355
Chronology359
References365
Index373

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