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Architecture of Bamako

Architecture is the activity of designing and constructing buildings and other physical structures, primarily done to provide socially purposeful shelter. Architectural works are perceived as cultural and political symbols and works of art. Historical civilisations are often known primarily through their architectural achievements such as the pyramids of Egypt and the Roman Colosseum. These are cultural symbols, and are an important link in public consciousness. Cities, regions and cultures continue to identify and known themselves with their architectural monuments

As with most architectural traditions elsewhere, African architecture has been subject to numerous external influences from the earliest periods for which evidence is available. Western architecture has also had an impact on coastal areas since the late 15th century, and is now an important source for many larger buildings, particularly in major cities.

Sahel-Sudanese architecture initially grew from the two cities of Djenné and Timbuktu in Mali. The Sankore Mosque in Timbuktu, constructed from mud on timber, was similar in style to the Great Mosque of Djenné.

French colonial architecture was inspired by the much-admired local Sudanese style, with French housing and public buildings in Bamako and Ségou showing an interesting mixture of Western, Moroccan, and Sudanese styles.

Heritage

Sahel-Sudanese

Contemporary

The urban evolution of Bamako city, like most modern African cities, presents the dilemma of modernity and tradition. Leading factors of this trend are characterised by extension of the city through rapid urbanisation.

mamadou

7 responses to “Architecture of Bamako

  1. xxxphantomxxx May 20, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    wow these are images that caucasions don’t want to show African americans.You should try to get these out to as many African descended as possible.

  2. mamadou May 1, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    Assalamualaikum NADA

    Delighted your interest to move to Africa. Why not? Everywhere we live is still under the world created by the Great Creator Allah, We will live peacefully if we want to. InsyaAllah

    Thanks

  3. NADA April 29, 2010 at 2:51 pm

    ALSALAM ALAYKOM

    THEY’RE AMMAZING IMAGES, LOOK AT HEM MAKE LIVE THE MOMENT, REALLY NICE HOPE WE CAN COME SOON AND VISIT .

    YOU KNOW I’M LIVNG IN CANADA BUT I DESISDE TO TO GO TO EGYPT OR LYBIA AND SETTLE WITH MY CHILDREN SO PRAY FOR ME I MEANN DO DU’AA.

    YOU CAN EMAIL ME AND TELL ME ABOUT AFRICA.HAPPYDEW3@HOTMAIL.COM.

    MAY ALLAH PROTECT US AND GUIDE US TO THE RIGHT PATH PLUS BRING PEACE TO THE WHOLE WORLD AMIN.

    NADA

  4. mamadou March 28, 2010 at 1:20 pm

    Dear JournoDownUnder
    I wish taht one day you will be here in Africa, West Africa, Mali. You may heard of Timbuktu. Timbuktu is right here about 1000km from Bamako.
    I am also a foreigner but happilly giving my expert and service here.

    Thank you for your visit and remarks

  5. JournoDownUnder March 28, 2010 at 1:51 am

    Wish I have the resources to travel to your country some day. It looks peaceful and everything in order unlike what we often hear about African countries.

  6. mamadou March 21, 2010 at 2:41 pm

    Dear Pak Idrus.

    Like French, most of African countries also strong in building architecture. Over here the architecture plays important roles in cultivating city building landscape. One aspect that really I do appreciate is, in and around Place de Liberte, Bamako, there are many heritage and Sahel-Sudanese designed buildings, and recently a new building being constructed in that area also adopt Sahel-Sudanese Architecture concept of design. This effort makes the city building architecture landscape harmony and blend its well and not contrast.

    In new commercial development area such as ACI2000, there are many buidlings were designed with contemporary architecture concept however there many other buildings designed with traditional Sahel-Sudanese architecture concept too. Eventough with influence of modern touch.

    Thank you

  7. Pak Idrus March 21, 2010 at 4:08 am

    mamadou, Great images. I believe most of the buildings have colonial influences. Did you snap it. Great photography.

    Many thanks for giving us an insight of a country in Africa.

    Have a nice day.

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