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Title:Towards a Minor Global Architecture at Lamu, Kenya
Author:Bremner, L.
Periodical:Social Dynamics
Geographic term:Kenya
Discipline:Political Science & Government
Port - development
Abstract:Major accounts of globalisation from a built environment perspective bring global cities and celebrity architects into focus. In this paper, I resist this and give an account of globalisation from the perspective of one of its minor architectures. A minor architecture is not a minor architectural language, but rather one that a minority constructs within a major language, encoding it differently and subverting its prevailing myths. The paper investigates this proposition by focusing on Lamu, the historic Islamic seaport and World Heritage Site on the northern coast of Kenya where a skirmish between local, national and global interests is currently underway over the construction of a new deep-water port. The port is a building site, not only of one of globalisation's major architectures - a port, free economic zone and transportation corridor, but also of one of its minor ones, taking shape through the strategies Lamu's organisations are deploying to object it. Through the analysis of Lamu in the longue durée - its coastal geomorphology and historic spatial protocols, I read these strategies as contemporary deployments of those long put to work at Lamu, through which land- and sea-based logics have been entangled. (Journal Abstract).