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Architecture as a Conservation and Expression tool of a Fundamental Tradition: The Tammari Architecture in West Africa

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Eugène Kodzo Anani Domtse ,

Tianjin University, CN
About Eugène
Young DEAU architect pursuing his doctoral studies in Tianjin University (China) after a few professional experiences in some architectural firms in Lomé (Togo). My current research focuses on the study of vernacular architectures in Africa with the objective of contributing to the discussion on a modern rooted architecture.
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Paolo Vincenzo Genovese

Zhejiang University , CN
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Abstract

It is generally acknowledged that human being is the measure unit in Architecture. However, ancient architectures in general and at some extent religious architecture don’t necessarily follow that rule. They have their own typical features based on the beliefs related to them. The objective of this paper is to contribute to the discussion of the metaphysical function of humans’ dwellings. This investigation analyses the typical home in a Batammariba village (Togo, West Africa), which, more than a simple dwelling, is the most complete expression of their culture, cosmogony and traditional spirituality. In this context, the research tries to identify different metaphysical aspects based on the main issues concerning the design process and the construction. It aims at lighting up how, more than the majestic looking of its physical features, the peculiarity of the Tata Tamberma, may be its strong concentration of the fundamental doctrine of the Batammariba people.
How to Cite: Domtse, E.K.A. and Genovese, P.V., 2022. Architecture as a Conservation and Expression tool of a Fundamental Tradition: The Tammari Architecture in West Africa. Journal of African Cultural Heritage Studies, 3(1), pp.80–95.
Published on 23 Jun 2022.
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