This book focuses on the architectural transformation that occurred in imperial Dakar. Several ideas are central to the work and they form its core: that the style was the result of a conscious effort of the French to enhance their colonial authority in West Africa; that it represented one positive outcome of the forced encounter of European and African culture through French colonialism; and that the style, despite its specific origins, is surprisingly linked to the long history of African architectural traditions. This book is of great value to scholars in African architecture and twentieth-century architecture, and also for those studying the colonial period of sub-Sahara Africa.
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Dr. Shaw is Professor of Art History at Kean University, New Jersey.Review :
"The distinctiveness as well as the ironies of Dakar's imperial century are the subjects of Dr. Shaw's admirable study of colonial architecture... the author presents in a most accessible manner five remarkable buildings and the stories they continue to tell. This book leaves one fervently hoping that the structures will be appreciated and preserved..." - Professor Allen F. Roberts, University of California - Los Angeles"
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