The African Dwelling
From Traditional to Western Style Homes
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About the Book
Housing has changed in Sub-Saharan Africa since the Europeans arrived. Africans no longer live in traditional homes. This historical transition from “hut to house,” from traditional to Western style, reflects slavery, colonialism and other social influences.
The focus is on Cameroon, known as “Africa in Miniature” because of its geographical and cultural representation of the continent at large. Architectural styles, materials and construction techniques are discussed within a larger context, examining how lifestyle changes and architectural trends influence each another. This book is a rich examination of the challenges and opportunities for a new generation of African architects to integrate the lessons of the past and create a future more responsive to the region’s needs.
About the Author(s)
Epée Ellong with Diane Chehab
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Bibliographic Info: ca. 200 photos, maps, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2018