Making space: a question of design? The case of the waterfront of Dakar, Senegal

Journal title TERRITORIO
Author/s Maddalena Falletti
Publishing Year 2012 Issue 2012/61 Language Italian
Pages 6 P. 66-71 File size 1968 KB
DOI 10.3280/TR2012-061011
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In Dakar, open space represents the real condition necessary for the expression of endogenous social emancipation, attributed a key role by the literature in mitigating the polarising effects of globalisation. This paper advances the hypothesis that, faced with reaching a critical threshold in the progressive saturation of unconstructed urban space, the design of constructed space and its borders in the Senegalese capital today assumes relative autonomy in supporting (or precluding) the informal process of the reappropriation of the city. This hypothesis, supported by the results of research in the field, is tested by the diachronic spatial analysis of a specific urban area - the waterfront - in part from the perspective of a radical change in the scenario of the urban development of Dakar.

Keywords: Dakar waterfront; open space; social inclusion

Maddalena Falletti, Fare spazio: una questione di disegno? Il caso del litorale di Dakar, Senegal in "TERRITORIO" 61/2012, pp 66-71, DOI: 10.3280/TR2012-061011