Uganda: Introduction

Olweny, Mark (2020) Uganda: Introduction. In: Architectural Guide to Sub-Saharan Africa. DOM Publishers, Berlin, pp. 135-138. ISBN 9783869224008

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Abstract

Architecture in Uganda has largely been shaped by two defining elements: politics and religion, influenced by waves of immigrants to the interlacustrine region of East Africa. While the region has been witness to millennia of human endeavours, much of this has vanished, a consequence of materials used for construction, and the prevailing climatic conditions that work to erase traces of past cultures and societies. Over the years, waves of influence have been documented or traced back through anthropological evidence, from west and southern Africa; coming down the Nile from Egypt, and more recently Europe, India and China. Two societies, the Baganda and the Banyoro can trace their roots in the region back almost 1,000 years, representing the most influential inhabitants of the area, prior to the arrival of European colonialism at the dawn of the 1900s. For the most part, only the last 150 years of architectural endeavours are still accessible, although earliest examples are rapidly vanishing under the guise of ‘development’.

Keywords:Uganda, Africa, Architecture
Subjects:K Architecture, Building and Planning > K100 Architecture
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V254 East African History
Divisions:College of Arts > Lincoln School of Architecture and the Built Environment
ID Code:44836
Deposited On:24 Jun 2021 11:10

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