A one-minute-city

Have you ever taken part in a community design process in some way? As far as I remember, I did such things in the seventies every time there was a need to embellish the neighbourhood together. The reward for doing this was usually a soft drink of red or yellow colour, someties maybe even some …

A post-covid face lift

This is a short update to what is going on in my neighborhood in Saint-Louis in November 2020. The northern part of the island has become one massive construction site with new canalization and soon-to-be paved streets and cemented sidewalks. It feels as if everybody were preparing for the better day, including the town planners …

Afropolis Dakar 2021: Teaser

Here is a teaser for my upcoming second documentary in the series on the urban space and city dwellers. This film will discuss the status quo of urban planning and the Dakarois civic activism in times in which the public space in Dakar seems to be growing more and more private. The teaser was filmed …

A new bridge please

I am a native of Saint-Louis and I think that Saint-Louis is a very beautiful city compared to other regions in Senegal. It is a peaceful city, really. At least for the moment life is not expensive and the city is within the reach of all social strata, the rich, the poor, and those in …

Blaise talks

My thoughts on Saint-Louis today “There is already a lot that people can do for themselves. Like today with the Corona virus, there are people who make masks that are very pretty, I congratulate them for that! People can work if they want, but lazyness is dominating. I think that now when they see an …

Streets of Saint-Louis

What makes you remember a street? Is there an area in town to which you return often? Why? We all know how specific areas within any given city have their own feel and pace, depending on the time of the day. I was always a walker and in whatever town I lived, I always developed …

Between public and private

The difference between the desert and the city of Nouakchott is striking, but on a second thought there is something about the city that marks the visitor with strangeness and resemblance of the desert, like vague echoes from just outside the city where the vast space of sand and quietness hits you on the face. …

Once a bedouine…

The Mauritanian tent has found its way to contemporary architecture in Nouakchott. If you stroll the streets of Ksar, one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city, you will not miss the tent shape in practically every other house. It’s a symbol of a lifestyle in which the movable home is now built in cement …

Corniche – Live Your Dream

You may know that Dakar is a peninsula surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean in the north, west and south, which gives the city much needed winds from the sea. The winds bring advantages: they keep the air clean for breathing and they also keep the mosquitoes at bay outside of the rainy season, or at …

Dubai Fever

When I see cityscapes with the silhouettes of skyscrapers, I often wonder: how do these massive buildings make you feel in a city? Urban? Contemporary? Modern? Proud? Chic? Rich? Poor? Small? Addis downtown area and some other parts of the city are growing fast into the skies creating striking contrasts with older buildings that are …