The African Dwelling - From Traditional to Western Style Homes (McFarland, 2019) is published.

The book The African Dwelling - From Traditional to Western Style Homes (McFarland, 2019) is published, and available in many countries.
It is the English-language version of the French-language book De la case à la villa (Riveneuve, 2014). However, it is not a replica: the book has been updated to reflect more current naming methodology, with some updated images, and includes an index.
There are still about 200 images, in black and white.
The foreword is by Jack Travis, FAIA.

It is my hope that this book will be found in universities as well as personal libraries around the world, as a resource on the evolution of housing in Sub-Saharan Africa, as well as a repository for African terms that may not be easily found anymore.

Below is a gallery of additional/color photographs. I'll continue posting color photographs as time goes on.

Kain Tukuru home in Bonendalé, Cameroon, built 1953-1954
Entrance to a Bamiléké village, photo courtesy Amélie Essesse

Bah Family home in Bodje, Guinea, built around 1990,
architect: Epee Ellong.

The Midwest Review of Books published a review in November 2019.


  1. Where can I find this book?

  2. It's mostly available online at
    Sometimes it's available on Amazon. I'm unsure which bookstores carry it.
    It is also in many libraries.


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