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Vol. 3: Sub-Saharan Africa

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Architectural Guide

Volume 3: Western Africa. Along the Atlantic Ocean Coast
Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia,
Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Togo, Benin, Nigeria

Edited by Philipp Meuser and Adil Dalbai

Africa is considered the continent of the future. Nowhere else is urbanisation taking place more quickly and the population growing more rapidly. But are enough of us familiar with the architectural aspects of this change?

The seven volumes of Architectural Guide Sub-Saharan Africa present the first comprehensive overview that shows the region’s architecture in all its vast diversity. In 49 chapters, each focusing on one country, detailed texts and illuminating photos document the wealth of architecture south of the Sahara. Featuring 850 selected buildings and over 200 articles, the extensive publication not only showcases but also contextualises the continent’s building culture.

This set of books paints a multifaceted picture of sub-Saharan Africa’s architecture across time, revealing how contemporary architecture has been shaped by its traditional and colonial roots as well as globalisation and urbanisation. The diverse contributions by almost 350 African and international authors come together to produce a superlative work giving the region the attention it so rightfully deserves.

135 x 245 mm
632 pages

1000 images

ISBN 978-3-86922-083-3


 Vol. 1. Introduction to the History and Theory
of Sub-Saharan African Architecture

Vol. 2: Western Africa from the Atlantic Ocean
to the Sahel

Vol. 4: Eastern Africa from the Sahel to
the Horn of Africa

Vol. 5: Eastern Africa from the Great Lakes
to the Indian Ocean

Vol. 6: Central Africa from the Atlantic Ocean
to the Great Lakes

Vol. 7: Southern Africa between the Atlantic
and Indian Oceans