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"Hideous architecture" : mimicry, feint and resistance in turn of the century southeastern Nigerian building

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dc.contributor.author Okoye, Ikemefuna Stanley Ifejika en_US
dc.coverage.spatial f-nr--- en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2005-08-17T18:41:58Z
dc.date.available 2005-08-17T18:41:58Z
dc.date.copyright 1995 en_US
dc.date.issued 1994 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/11452
dc.description Thesis (Ph. D.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Architecture and Planning, 1994. en_US
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (v. 3, leaves 718-730). en_US
dc.description.abstract This dissertation reconstructs the histories of some exceptional, hitherto unstudied buildings, erected in southeastern Nigeria between 1889 and 1939; they are part of a larger group, dispersed over the African Atlantic coast and 'interior'. To architectural scholarship, these kinds of building have seemed unfathomable , if they emerge at all from invisibility (and thus from being unamenable to study). Typically, they are viewed through a lens which distorts them in one of two mutually complementary ways; one identifies some of them with an extended European architecture. The other consigns the rest a characteristic resistance to change, and situates them within an unhistoricized traditional world. These frames emerge from how the academy views non- western society and from local African representations and feints; both their architecture historical frames tend, then, to frustrate attempts to flee their fields of vision for more clarified accounts. The buildings in this study, and the larger class to which they belong, thus resist an adequately descriptive, coherent, historicized interpretation. Far more than is imagined, textual witness is shown to be available, by 1890, for constructing a part-documentary history that challenges Europeanizing historiographic frames. Moreover oral narratives garnered from the buildings' communities (biographies of builders and of their patrons for whom architecture seems well developed as a form of representation) are founded as this history's necessary and equal complement. Thus, these buildings become recognizable as products of their particular sites (speaking both theoretically and in constructional terms); a recognition encouraged by granting them a categorical distinctiveness that elides, partially, the architecture of the European colony. It will moreover have been shown that transformationality, as opposed to a particular moment of change, was a property of southe~stern Nigerian culture, and that all its customs (and specifically, the latter's architectural tradition) must be regarded as non-stable and eternally reinvented. en_US
dc.description.statementofresponsibility by Ikemefuna Stanley Ifejika Okoye. en_US
dc.format.extent 3 v. (730 leaves) en_US
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dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Massachusetts Institute of Technology en_US
dc.rights M.I.T. theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission. See provided URL for inquiries about permission. en_US
dc.rights.uri http://dspace.mit.edu/handle/1721.1/7582
dc.subject Architecture en_US
dc.subject Urban Studies and Planning en_US
dc.title "Hideous architecture" : mimicry, feint and resistance in turn of the century southeastern Nigerian building en_US
dc.title.alternative Mimicry, feint and resistance in turn of the century southeastern Nigerian building en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.description.degree Ph.D. en_US
dc.contributor.department Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Architecture en_US
dc.contributor.department Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Urban Studies and Planning en_US
dc.identifier.oclc 33342158 en_US


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