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French colonial Dakar: The morphogenesis of an African regional capital

Liora Bigon


This book deals with the planning culture and architectural endeavours that shaped the model space of French colonial Dakar, a prominent city in West Africa. With a focus on the period from the establishment of the city in the mid-nineteenth century until the interwar years, our involvement with the design of Dakar as a regional capital reveals a multiplicity of ‘top-down’ and ‘bottom-up’ dynamics. These include a variety of urban politics, policies, practices and agencies, and complex negotiations at both the physical and conceptual levels. The study of the extra-European planning history of ... More

Keywords: French colonialism, Dakar (Senegal), Colonial urban planning and architecture, Sub-Saharan Africa, European history beyond Europe

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780719099359
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719099359.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Liora Bigon, author
the Hebrew University of Jerusalem