African Architecture: Evolution and Transformation / Edition 1

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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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Celebrates the architecture of Africa from antiquity to the present, looking at the impact of indigenous, Islamic, and Western influences and showing how this triple heritage informs every region of the continent. Contains sections on defining African architecture, various regions, and modern architecture and urbanization. Includes a wealth of color and b&w photos, plus a glossary and chronology. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780070215061
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/1/1996
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 382
  • Product dimensions: 8.84 (w) x 11.27 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Problems in African History 4
The Beginning of New Thinking in African History: The "African Place" 6
Laying a Foundation for the History of African Architecture: The Triple Heritage Concept 8
The Book 14
Organization 14
Ch. 1 Traditional African Architecture 19
Ch. 2 Western Architecture in Africa 51
Ch. 3 Islamic Architecture in Africa 73
Ch. 4 The Architecture of the Kingdom of Morocco 91
Ch. 5 The Architecture of Algeria, Tunisia, and Libya 103
Ch. 6 The Architecture of Egypt 115
Ch. 7 Architecture of Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, and The Republic of Sudan 131
Ch. 8 The Architecture of Burundi, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda 159
Ch. 9 Architecture of the Congo Basin: Central African Countries 171
Ch. 10 Architecture of Angola, Malawi, Mozambique, Madagascar, Mauritius, and Seychelles 181
Ch. 11 Architecture of Botswana, Namibia, Republic of Zambia, and Zimbabwe 201
Ch. 12 The Architecture of the Republic of South Africa 215
Ch. 13 The Architecture of Mauritania, Mali, Niger, and Chad 241
Ch. 14 The Architecture of Gambia, Guinea Bissau, Guinea, and Senegal 259
Ch. 15 The Architecture of Sierra Leone, Liberia, Cote D'Ivoire and Burkina Fasso 271
Ch. 16 The Architecture of Ghana, Benin Republic, Cameroon, Togo, Lao Tome 285
Ch. 17 The Architecture of Nigeria 297
Ch. 18 Urbanism in Africa 335
Ch. 19 Urbanization in Africa 339
Ch. 20 Modern Architecture: New Towns as National Development Strategy for Africa 341
Ch. 21 Conclusion: Developing the Triple Heritage Architecture 345
Glossary 355
Chronology 359
References 365
Index 373
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