oa Africa Insight - Taking architecture back to its roots

Volume 32, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0256-2804



Tanzania provides a useful setting for the study of vernacular architecture. By vernacular architecture we mean the process of producing buildings in the traditional manner of a specific region - without professional intervention. Tanzania offers a diversity of building forms unrivalled anywhere else in Africa. The focus of this study is the two distinct types of Swahili houses.

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