AFRICAN NOMADIC ARCH

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Smithsonian, Jul 17, 1995 - Architecture - 245 pages
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Combining extensive field research from West Africa to the Horn with findings culled from American and European museum archives, Labelle Prussin and the book's other contributors - including Peter A. Andrews, Uta Holter, Anders Grum, Amina H. Adan, and Arlene Fullerton - offer insights into the daily life of African nomads whose material culture is shaped by their desert environment. The more than two hundred diagrams, plans, and photographs in the text illustrate some of the regional variation in architectural style, extending from the tensile structures of West Africa to the mat-covered armature frames built by East African nomads. Two dozen color images highlight the most striking architectural examples and their surroundings.

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Contents

THE TENT IN AfRICAN HISTORY
9
ENVIRONMENT AND SPACE
37
THE CREATIVE PROCESS
53
Based on excerpts from Johannes Nicolaisen and excerpts from Dominique Casajus in translation
88
THE WOMANS DOMAIN m
124
RENDILLE HABITATION
150
HANDICRAfTS Of THE SOMAL I NOMADIC WOMEN
170
THE NOArtADIC AESTHETIC 86
198
NOTES
207
BIBLIOGRAPHY
223
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