ARCH 566 /AAS 406D

April 26 --
Final Presentations (Session I)


Elissa Rosenberg
Associate Professor and Chair
Department of Landscape Architecture

Earl Mark
Director of Computer Technologies
Associate Professor
Department of Architecture

Hanan Sabea
Assistant Professor
Department of Anthropology
African and African-American Studies Program

Student Presenters/Project Abstracts
(in order of presentation)

Anya Gupta
School of Arts & Sciences

Seeing Ghanaian Market Women
Through their Relationships With Others

Female power houses still exist in Ghana. They yield respect and authority from female institutions like Ashanti and Akan matrilineal organization and female-headed market. The following web pages study mothers, daughters, and wives as lobbyists. They study the market women of Ghana. They provide a glimpse into lives of Ghanaian market women by considering their relationships with mothers, husbands, children, friends, and institutions such as the government and multilateral banks.

Nicole Triden
School of Architecture

Investigating Commercial Street

Commercial Street is a piece of the road which lies on the route from the ocean to the market. Over time, this stretch of road has developed as a center for commerce, aside from the central market. This site explores the Commercial Street from the 1800s through the present into the future. The street emerged as a center for commerce and as this occured, a system of supplying of goods and marketing developed. It has now reached a point that in order to expand there needs to be regulation of growth. The future is dependent on this and several mechanisms for changing the street have been proposed.

Dawn V. Balsam
School of Architecture

Religious Culture and Tradition as the Backbone of Cape Coast, Ghana

One of the main concerns in Cape Coast's vision for its future in tourism is how to attract visitors, who normally come only for a short day trip to the castle, to spend more time in the town and also to venture farther in to Cape Coast, beyond the coast and the castle. One way the town has proposed to do this is by creating more attractive pedestrian areas in Cape Coast. Another is by creating more draws for tourists (hotels, restaurants, theatres, museums, etc.) both in the area of the castle and farther inland. This project proposes some specific ways of working to achieve the goals stated above. In particular it proposes concentrating development efforts along the Fetu Afahye parade route because of its special role in the religious and social culture of Cape Coast. The pages that follow include a closer study of the parade route with the events and places that occur along it, as well as a window into the role religion has played and continues to play in Ghana.

James D. Graham
School of Architecture

City on the Sea: Cape Coast's Complex and Evolving Relationship with the Atlantic Ocean

The city of Cape Coast has a complex and evolving relationship with their natural surroundings, which manifests itself especially in their relationship with water. This website attempts to provide a highly experiential look at the community of Cape Coast, and thus uses both links and mouseovers for navigation--each page using mouseovers will give you instructions. For the full appreciation of the audio and video portions of this project, you must have quicktime player installed on your computer. The three major divisions of the project are constituted by a historical look at the community's interaction with the ocean, an examination of the way Cape Coast uses the ocean today, and a look at the possibility for improving their environment for the future.