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The Masons of Djenne

The Masons of Djenne (Hardback)

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The town of Djenne on the Bani River in Mali has been a thriving settlement for more than two millennia. Renowned for its mud-brick architecture, monumental mosque, and merchant-traders' houses, Djenne remains one of Africa's most distinctive cities. Trevor Marchand signs on as a builder's apprentice and takes readers on his journey from raw labourer to skilled craftsman. He explores the professional associations of masons, their social networks, training regimes, and changing fortunes. With his fellow builders, he produces mud bricks and plasters, constructs walls and ceilings, and sculpts rooftop crenellations using specialized tools. Marchand describes the raising of a mud-brick house and explores the technical, social, and magical processes involved in making buildings and renewing the unique urban environment of Djenne.

Architecture & DesignArchitectureScience & MathematicsRegional & area planningUrban & municipal planningTechnicalCivil engineering, surveying & buildingBuilding construction & materials Publisher: Indiana University Press Publication Date: 01/04/2009 ISBN-13: 9780253313683  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Trevor H. J. Marchand is Professor of Social Anthropology at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He is author of Minaret Building and Apprenticeship in Yemen.

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