EBOOK/PDF [Age of Concrete]
I m not a disinterested party when it comes to Morton and his work We met ages ago when we both wrote for Washington City Paper before he embarked on an academic career He once ave my wife and me an architectural tour of Buffalo highlighting HH Richardson s famed asylum He was a colleague and now he s a frie. Age of Concrete is a history of the making of houses and homes in the subúrbios of Maputo Lourenço Marues Mozambiue from the late 1940s to the present Often dismissed as undifferentiated ahistorical “slums” these neighborhoods are in fact an open air archive that reveals some of people’s highest aspirations At first people Built In Reeds Then They in reeds Then they in wood and zinc panels And finally even when it was illegal they risked building in concrete bloc. .
About the people whose lives and building practices he has studied He needn t have worried On every page he combines scholarly rigor with
journalistic approachability Age of Concrete is well argued artfully written and attuned to the hopes and struggles of approachability Age of Concrete is well argued artfully written and attuned to the hopes and struggles of living in the sub rbios of Maputo Louren o Mar. So to the colonial state and later to the independent state as it stumbled into beingOriginal deeply researched and beautifully composed this book speaks in innovative ways to scholarship on urban history colonialism and decolonization and the postcolonial state Replete with rare photographs and other materials from private collections Age of Concrete establishes Morton as one of a handful of scholars breaking new Ground On How We Understand Africa’s Citie. on how we understand Africa’s citie.
David Morton Ñ 4 DownloadNdHe asked me to do a tiny bit of tweaking just a few pages of the introduction of Age of Concrete When I asked him who his to just few pages of the introduction of Age of Concrete When I asked him who his
was he said that most of his readers would be fellow academics already conversant in the issues involvedhe said that most of his readers would be fellow academics already conversant in the issues involved that he wanted his voice to be that of someone who obviously cares. K making permanent homes in a place where their presence was often excruciatingly precariousUnlike many histories of the built environment in African cities Age of Concrete focuses on ordinary homebuilders and dwellers David Morton thus models a different way of thinking about urban politics during the era of decolonization when one of the central dramas was the construction of the urban stage itself It shaped how people related not only to each other but al.