MAKING SPACE 135 Across Africa south of the Sahara the tree plays a special role for the understanding of space. It is nature’s very simple way of creating shade and thus a place where one can seek shelter from the sun. The tree can be called a spatial archetype. Beneath and around the tree social life takes place, and this too is where the links between the visible and the invisible worlds are maintained. The two worlds are regarded as equal, and this view has also left its mark on the architecture in different regions. The theme un folds a range of actions and events that forge connections between the two worlds, and which demonstrate the will to make spaces for co-existence with the deceased ancestors as well as with other people – neighbours, friends, enemies. This theme also shows examples of how modern architecture interprets original forms and building techniques.
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