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Martina Barker-Ciganikova: Introduction

Housing matters. That, however, is not the only – although the simplest – answer to the question of why a volume of collected contributions on housing in colonial and postcolonial Africa is of imminent importance. Housing matters because, as a multifaceted process in itself, it helps us understand and analyze more complex developments and transformation […]

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Kirsten Rüther: The rule of rent: The state, employers and the becoming urban dweller in Northern Rhodesia acting across a societal field of force, c. 1948–1962

Introduction Urbanization means that people come to town.[1] Their houses, all too often representing a promise rather than a materially available choice, have long become a staple of urban politics. After Northern Rhodesia had become implicated in the metropolitan war effort in the 1940s,[2] it experienced one of the highest urbanization rates throughout the African […]

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Sofie Boonen and Johan Lagae: Ruashi, a Pessac in Congo? On the design, inhabitation, and transformation of a 1950s neighborhood in Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Introduction  In the 1950s, the Office des Cités Africaines (OCA) built a number of neighborhoods for Africans around the major cities of Congo, Rwanda and Burundi, at the time all territories under Belgian rule.[1] Built within the broader context of the first Ten-Year Plan for the Economic and Social Development of the Belgian Congo (1949–1959), […]

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Martina Kopf: At home with Nairobi’s working poor: reading Meja Mwangi’s urban novels

 Introduction “The well-being of urban residents depends on access to a suitable place to live, in a healthy environment, and within reach of work opportunities and services. To ensure that adequate housing is available and that it can fulfil its potential roles in tackling poverty and increasing prosperity, infrastructure, a flourishing urban economy, supportive […]

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Barker-Ciganikova and Kirsten Rüther: Concrete does not cry: Interdisciplinary reflections on and beyond housing. Nicholas Sungura and Marlene Wagner in discussion with Martina

Here they are, ready to talk to us: two young professionals, an architect and a civil engineer, who go well beyond established boundaries of their disciplinary backgrounds. They reach out, experiment, and innovate. Focus of their work: end users, beneficiaries, dwellers, inhabitants, simply people. Both include the human element into professional fields primarily dominated by […]

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Donatien Dibwe dia Mwembu: La problématique de l’habitat dans la ville de Lubumbashi (Elisabethville), province du Katanga, 1910–1960

Gestion sécuritaire de l’espace L’aménagement d’un espace géographique donné répond généralement aux exigences de sa gestion sécuritaire qui se veut une variable dynamique dans le temps et dans l’espace. La corrélation entre ces deux variables peut être justifiée par plusieurs indicateurs. La ville de Lubumbashi a hérité du système ségrégationniste sud-africain dans beaucoup de domaines, […]

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Daniela Waldburger: House, home, health and hygiene – social engineering of workers in Elisabethville / Lubumbashi (1940s to 1960s) through the lens of language usage

Introduction After the foundation of Elisabethville (nowadays Lubumbashi) in 1910, one of the most important players in the mining sector in Katanga was the Union Minière du Haut-Katanga (UMHK). Especially after in the 1930s, the International Labor Organization (ILO) was putting pressure on the UMHK to abandon forced labor and the UMHK had to search […]

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Ambe Njoh and Liora Bigon: Spatio-physical power and social control strategies of the colonial state in Africa: The case of CDC workers’ camps in Cameroon

Introduction Among the many indelible imprints of European colonialism on the landscape of African countries are company towns. Defined as settlements built, owned and operated by corporations or individual investors, company towns have been influential in countries undergoing rapid economic development.[1] As an instrument of “economic pioneering,” these towns played a major role in opening […]

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