Posts in Traditions
Habitat traditionnel au Niger

Continuing our series "This Is Niger", here is another contributor short article about traditional rural architecture in Niger.

By Djamila Hamani

La population nigérienne est composée de differentes éthnies. Chaque ethnie mène un mode de vie spécifique qui présente un type d’habitat traditionnel. Les tentes sont habitées par les nomades tandis que  les cases et  maisons par les sédentaires.

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Secular Architecture on Sacred Ground

We have an upcoming project. Normally, we prefer waiting until a project is under construction before talking about it. But this one is special, so we are VERY excited about it. It is an adaptive re-use project in a village of Niger that turns the local mosque into a library.

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L'architecture en terre au Niger

L’architecture en terre désigne les techniques et réalisations de la construction en terre. Le matériau de construction que l'on nomme béton de terre, boue séchée, terre battue, pisé, torchis, adobe (mot d'origine arabo-hispanique adopté en américain) est employé depuis au moins dix mille ans. Il a servi à construire les premières villes connues.

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The Far-reaching Influence of Songhaï Architecture in West Africa

From the 11th to 16th Century, the Songhaï people had an empire that dominated most of the West African Sahel region and became, at its peak, one of the largest empires in African history. Its capital was Gao, but it saw the rise of well known cities such as Timbuktu and Djenné, which were important trading centers for the region.

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Building Facades in Hausa Architecture

Recently, we have been looking at earth architecture in Niger and at the examples that pre-date French colonization. An enduring example of such an architecture can be found in the Southern part of the country where the Hausas live. The Hausas are one of the largest West-African ethnic groups spread across Niger, Nigeria, Cameroun and Ghana. Pre-colonization, Hausa master builders were an affluent and influential class, organized in a guild with rules and regulations.

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