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Author Hoffman, Danny, 1972- author

Title Monrovia modern : urban form and political imagination in Liberia / Danny Hoffman
Published Durham : Duke University Press, 2017


Description 1 online resource (xxi, 205 pages) : illustrations (chiefly color), color map
Contents Live dangerously, my brothers: ex-combatants and the political economy of space -- The Ministry of defense: excessive architecture -- E. J. Roye: the corporate (post)modern -- Hotel Africa: the uncritical ruin -- Liberia broadcasting system: three utopias -- Finding urban form: a coda
Summary "In Monrovia Modern Danny Hoffman uses the ruins of four iconic modernist buildings in Monrovia, Liberia, as a way to explore the relationship between the built environment and political imagination. Hoffman shows how the E. J. Roye tower and the Hotel Africa luxury resort, as well as the unfinished Ministry of Defense and Liberia Broadcasting System buildings, transformed during the urban warfare of the 1990s from symbols of the modernist project of nation-building to reminders of the challenges Monrovia's residents face. The transient lives of these buildings' inhabitants, many of whom are ex-combatants, prevent them from making place-based claims to a right to the city and hinder their ability to think of ways to rebuild and repurpose their built environment. Featuring nearly 100 of Hoffman's color photographs, Monrovia Modern is situated at the intersection of photography, architecture, and anthropology, mapping out the possibilities and limits for imagining an urban future in Monrovia and beyond"--Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002. MiAaHDL
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Description based on online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on April 27, 2022)
Subject Urban anthropology -- Liberia -- Monrovia
Architecture and anthropology -- Liberia -- Monrovia
Architecture -- Liberia -- Monrovia
Architecture -- Political aspects -- Liberia -- Monrovia
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / Urban
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / Cultural
Architecture and anthropology
Architecture -- Political aspects
Urban anthropology
Liberia -- Monrovia
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2017039277
ISBN 9780822373087