Walled Houses, Caged Homes, and the "Prisonization" of the Urban Landscape: The Case of Accra, Ghana

Authors: Benjamin Ofori-Amoah*, Western Michigan University
Topics: Africa, Urban Geography, Urban and Regional Planning
Keywords: urbanization, urban landscape, Ghana, Africa
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/12/2018
Start / End Time: 1:20 PM / 3:00 PM
Room: Gallier A, Sheraton, 4th Floor
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The rapid urbanization that is taking place in Africa is transforming the urban landscape in many significant ways. This paper focuses on one such emerging feature in the urban landscape, namely walled houses and caged homes that are have created what may be aptly described as the “prisonization” of the urban landscape. Using Accra, the capital city of Ghana as a case study, the paper examines the evolution and development of the various types of houses and buildings in the built environment that have created this landscape and the factors that are behind them. Key: urbanization, urban landscape, Africa

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