This is really interesting. I have always been curious about West Africa’s contribution to American architectural heritage. Embarrassingly I assumed there were none, this blog post intelligently disproves that.
By: Sara Zewde
While much has been made about New Orleans’ unique architecture and urbanism, questions about architectural authenticity and the role of preservation continue to be re-hashed in the context of post-Katrina redevelopment, with concerns of a static mimicry of old architectural styles. Looking at the cultural origins and evolution of New Orleans’ creole architecture and urbanism is critical to its continued evolution, particularly in the post-Katrina rebuilding context. And, while West African influences on creole religion, music, food, and language have been well-documented, architectural and urban analysis have been more elusive.
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