Imagining Architecture: The Structure of Nationalism in Accra, Ghana

This article examines the history of architecture and spatial organization in Accra, Ghana, focusing upon the symbiosis between British administrative and local commercial interests and on British colonial efforts to segregate and regulate architectural space. It also explores the Nkrumah administration’s reconfiguration of colonial architectural objectives and argues that the administration advanced – in its embrace of architectural modernity and reconceptualization of the urban environment – a distinctive notion of the ‘nation’. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum.

Title: Imagining Architecture: The Structure of Nationalism in Accra, Ghana
Author: Hess, Janet B.
Year: 2000
Periodical: Africa Today
Volume: 47
Issue: 2
Period: Spring
Pages: 35-58
Language: English
Geographic terms: Ghana
Great Britain
External link: http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/africa_today/v047/47.2hess.pdf
Abstract: This article examines the history of architecture and spatial organization in Accra, Ghana, focusing upon the symbiosis between British administrative and local commercial interests and on British colonial efforts to segregate and regulate architectural space. It also explores the Nkrumah administration’s reconfiguration of colonial architectural objectives and argues that the administration advanced – in its embrace of architectural modernity and reconceptualization of the urban environment – a distinctive notion of the ‘nation’. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum.