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Butabu : adobe architecture of West Africa

Author: James Morris; Suzanne Preston Blier
Publisher: New York : Princeton Architectural Press, ©2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Many of the most noble buildings in Africa are made of the most humble of materials - mud. This adobe architecture shows sublime sculptural beauty, variety, ingenuity, and originality. Its plastic forms - from simple stairways, to rounded arches, to vaulted ceilings - are complemented by striking details such as the protruding timbers that play wonderfully with the strong sunlight while providing structures for
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Genre/Form: Bildband
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: James Morris; Suzanne Preston Blier
ISBN: 1568984138 9781568984131
OCLC Number: 52091990
Description: 216 pages : illustrations (some color), 1 map ; 24 x 29 cm
Contents: Preface, James Morris --
Plates --
Text by Suzanne Preston Blier --
Introduction --
Temples of Earth: Traditions of Western Sudanese Architecture --
Architectures of Empire: Ghana, Mali, Songhay, Bamana, Fulani and Tukulor --
Djenne and its Influence: Icon, Iconoclasm, and Contestation --
Architectures of Autochthony: Batammaliba, Kassena, Dogon --
Hausa Architecture : Religious Conversion and Mercantile Vision.
Responsibility: James Morris ; text by Suzanne Preston Blier.
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Many think that sub-Saharan African architecture is little more that mud huts. Mud, yes-but certainly not huts. These buildings show sculptural beauty and ingenuity. James Morris has spent four  Read more...

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