Borrowing from the past to sustain the present and the future: indigenous African urban forms, architecture, and sustainable urban development in contemporary Africa

  title={Borrowing from the past to sustain the present and the future: indigenous African urban forms, architecture, and sustainable urban development in contemporary Africa},
  author={Raymond Asomani-Boateng},
  journal={Journal of Urbanism: International Research on Placemaking and Urban Sustainability},
  pages={239 - 262}
  • Raymond Asomani-Boateng
  • Published 1 November 2011
  • Economics
  • Journal of Urbanism: International Research on Placemaking and Urban Sustainability
Urban spatial expansion resulting from urbanization in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) is not going to stop or stabilize in the near future. Efforts should therefore be concentrated on accommodating this phenomenon through the promotion of sustainable urban planning and development. Relying on secondary data, this paper examines models of indigenous African urban forms and architecture to understand these forms and their characteristics, and how these models and associated management, design, and… 

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