UBC Graduate Research

Redescribing the Periphery Frayne, Oliver Forrest


With the intense urbanization of African metropolises already in motion, this thesis revisits residual colonial architecture as sites of potential transformation enabling improvisational and resilience-building socialities and networks. The library as an architectural public anchor sits at a nexus of political, socio-economic, and cultural discussions and agendas. It is also a space that traditionally houses works of writing and languages, expression of identity and memory and, inversely, the control and amnesia of both. Situated in Nairobi’s Central Business District, this research examines architecture of power as relating to language, identity, and memory, connecting the library into a broader framework of new core-periphery relationships.

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