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        • Framing the Afropolis
          Michel Ecochard and the African City for the Greatest Number

        Abstract
        In his article Tom Avermaete discusses the course followed by French architect and urban designer Michel Ecochard as an example of a new kind of design practice that took off in Africa between 1950 and 1970: the international consultant designer who develops models with broad applicability that can simultaneously respond to local logics and developments. In addition to outlining this new role for the designer, Avermaete also presents a picture of how the approach for the ‘city for the greatest number’, which Ecochard developed under a colonial regime in Morocco (via, among other things, the famous 8x8 grid), was able to be applied, ostensibly without problems, in other African countries like Guinea, Senegal and Cameroon following independence. 
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        Citation
        Avermaete, T. (2010). Framing the Afropolis. Michel Ecochard and the African City for the Greatest Number. L'Afrique, c'est chic. Architecture and Planning in Africa 1950–1970, OASE, (82), 77–89. Retrieved from https://www.oasejournal.nl/en/Issues/82/FramingTheAfropolis

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