The West African City by Jerome ChenalThe West African City by Jerome Chenal

The West African City

byJerome ChenalEditorJerome Chenal

Hardcover | July 8, 2014

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Rapid growth, unmanageable cities, urban crisis ¿ the cities of West Africa are no longer plannable,at least not by using traditional urban development tools.

Without negating the importance of participatory approaches for making the city, it nonetheless seems crucial to return to city plans and models, to what they convey and how they are built. But in order to understand the city in all its depth, we must also hit the streets.

The West African Cityproposes a dual perspective. At the urban scale, it analyzes historical trajectories, spatial development and urban planning documents to highlight the major trends beyond the plans. At the second level, that of public space, the street is discussed as the lifeblood of urban issues.

By innovating approaches and testing new methods,The West African Cityoffers an unconventional look at Nouakchott, Dakar and Abidjan, the three study sites of this investigation. The city of today ¿ be it in Africa or elsewhere - must re-examine its many social, economic, cultural, political and spatial dimensions; for this, urban research has begun challenging its own methods.

Dr J¿me Chenal, Ecole Polytechnique F¿rale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland
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Title:The West African CityFormat:HardcoverDimensions:362 pages, 9.41 × 7.24 × 0.98 inPublished:July 8, 2014Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0415750210

ISBN - 13:9780415750219

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction Part 1. Three Cities In West Africa: Nouakchott, Dakar And Abidjan  2. The African City  3. Nouakchott: New City, Old Concept  4. Dakar: The City; Pikine: The Suburbs  5. Abidjan: The Capital of French-Speaking West-Africa  6. The Three Cities Compared Part 2. Urban Planning  7. Master Plan for Urban Development of Nouakchott  8. Urban Master Plan for Dakar (2025)  9. Master Plan for Greater Abidjan  10. Three Cities, Three Plans Part 3. The Press  11. Public Space As Seen Through the Media  12. The Media, Public Space and the City of Nouakchott  13. The Media, Public Space and the City of Dakar  14. The Media, Public Space and the City of Abidjan  15. Commonalities and Differences Part 4. Images and Cities  16. Photographing Public Space  17. The Streets of Nouakchott  18. The Streets of Dakar  19. The Streets of Abidjan  20. Frames: City Summaries Part 5. Cities That Are Different, But Similar  21. Virtually Identical Cities  22. Urban Planning and Urban Models  23. Planning, the Media, Photography and Public Space  24. Recommendations