Posts tagged Architecture
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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Construction Magic

Architecture is one of those fields that cannot fulfill its agenda by itself. For architecture to become reality, not only do we (architects) often collaborate on designs, but we then need engineers, contractors, consultants, etc. to bring our work to life. This is sometimes painful, full of conflicts that can make the construction phase the least anticipated stage of a project, only made palatable by the fact that said project will soon become reality. So imagine my shock when I recently realized that collaborating with the builders, artisans and contractors on our projects in Niger is becoming one of my favorite aspect of architecture practice!

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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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