The ASA team is delighted to announce the publication of its book, Architecture and Politics in Africa: making, living and imagining identities through buildings.
The book is a collaboration, edited by Jo Tomkinson, Daniel Mulugeta and Julia Gallagher, with chapters by Innocent Batsani-Ncube and Kuukuwa Manful, alongside contributions from nine other scholars writing on the politics of building across Sub-Saharan Africa.
It is published by James Currey, and is the first in the landmark new series Making and Remaking the African City: studies in urban Africa, edited by Taibat Lawanson, Marie Huchzermeyer and Ola Uduku.
Introduction: Buildings are the stuff of politics
Daniel Mulugeta, Joanne Tomkinson and Julia Gallagher
PART 1: MAKING
1. Global ambitions and national identity in Ethiopia's airport expansion
Joanne Tomkinson and Dawit Yekoyesew
2. Building heaven on earth: Political rhetoric and ritual over Ghana's national cathedral
Emmanuel K. Ofori-Sarpong
3. China's 'parliament building gift' to Malawi: Exploring its rationale, tensions and asymmetrical gains
4. New homes for a new state: Foreign ideas in Ghana's public housing programmes
Irene Appeaning Addo
PART 2: LIVING
5. Beautiful state/ugly state: Architecture and political authority in Côte d'Ivoire
Julia Gallagher and Yah Ariane Bernadette N'djoré
6. Colonial legacies in architectures of consumption: The case of Sam Levy's village in Harare
7. Public spaces? Public goods? Reinventing Nairobi's public libraries
8. The role of architecture in South African detention cases during the apartheid era
PART 3: IMAGINING
9. Pan-African imaginations: The AU building and its popular imagery in Ethiopia and Nigeria
10. Asantean Noumena: The politics and imaginary reconstruction of the Asante Palace, Kumase
11. From prison to freedom: Overwriting the past, imagining Nigeria
Afterword: Theorising the politics of unformal(ised) architectures