Nigeria, architecture, Efik compounds, traditional walled compounds
Architecture | Environmental Design | Other Architecture | Urban, Community and Regional Planning
This article is part of TDSR, Volume XXVII, Number II, 2017
From the article abstract: This article examines the architectural and discursive configurations of traditional walled compounds in Nigeria. It begins by discussing the spatial and social organization of compounds in different regions of the country, focusing on the impermanent structures of the Èfik in and around the southeastern port city of Old Calabar. It then examines archival evidence to highlight the ways that compounds have been rhetorically constructed by European observers and post-independence scholars. It concludes that a more productive reading results from understanding the compound as a zone of entanglement ensnaring real, imagined, and often contradictory constructions.
J. Godlewski, "Zones of Entanglement: Nigeria's Real and Imagined Compounds," in Traditional Dwellings and Settlement Review, v. 28, 2, p. 21-33.
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