The architecture of the slave is an architecture of the periphery.


When the slave was forced to take centre stage within the plantation, the planter could afford to live at its periphery: on the hilltop, or in England where he built enormous country houses.


There the geometry of serving and served achieved sublime proportions. Country houses of the 18th and early nineteenth century were often fitted with two entwining circulation systems: one for the owner, the other for his servants. The film The remains of the day give a beautiful example of it.


When the salve broke out of the plantation, in what ever way, he was automatically relegated to the periphery by having to settle in unwanted land.


He always inhabited the place he does not want to inhabit. No wonder that his idea of the afterlife and its consequent ceremonies often involved a dreamlike homecoming.