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 …

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 …

On the road with Tata & Senegal Dem Dikk

You can consider yourself lucky if you get a seat in these small and often crowded Tata city buses. Packed they may be but they are a very cost effective way of transport and often fairly fast too. In some parts of the town they are my favorite choice, simply because I like people watching …

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 …

Addis is wide awake

There is an amazing construction boom shaping the silhouette of the city scape in Addis Ababa to new heights. Steel and glass are now competing with all things old and organic. But some things never change: neighbourhoods such as Piassa, Arat Kilo, Siddist Kilo and Mercato still charm me more than any other area with …

Tata 36 biy jóge Ngor di dem Guediawaye

Keroog dama dugg ci benn bis Tata bu 36 bi lay jële terminis Ngor yobbu la Guediawaye. Tata yu ndaw yii dañuy gaawa fees ak nit waaye wii yoon amoon naa palaas kon toogoon naa. Sopp naa jël ‘taranspoor pibilik’ ci biir dëkki taax yi ndaxte di leen faraldi jël dafay tax nga xam bu …