Cityscapes: Swahili Coast

For this edition of Cityscapes, I've compiled a selection of photographs that I took in East Africa in the 1990s. (Click on the image above to see the images on Flickr). We spent close to a year total during two visits: in 1995, Ashley had a U.S. Fulbright to undertake a large research project on women's groups, and in 1998 she had a National Science Foundation grant to conduct follow up research for her Masters thesis. During that time, I learned everything I could about Swahili architecture, urbanism, and landscapes. For me, it was the start of a long-term love of the East African coast, its rich cultural heritage, and its extraordinary built environments.

Dust and Design

Click on the image above to read this article, originally published in the journal On Site Review in a 2011 special issue on "Architecture and Dirt." It looks at the Farm Security Administration (FSA) migrant camps through the lens of design, politics, and governmentality. Between 1932 and 1942 the FSA and its precursor, the Resettlement Administration, constructed 95 camps across the United States--predominantly in the South and West. The camps provided temporary shelter for over 75,000 people displaced into migrant labor by the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl. For several years, the FSA sent a pool of talented photographers around the country to document life in the camps, including

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