Victor Buchli's An Anthropology of Architecture PDF

By Victor Buchli

ISBN-10: 1845207831

ISBN-13: 9781845207830

Ever given that anthropology has existed as a self-discipline, anthropologists have considered architectural kinds. This ebook presents the 1st evaluation of the way anthropologists have studied structure and the terribly wealthy inspiration and information this has produced.

With a spotlight on household area - that intimate context within which anthropologists characteristically paintings - the publication explains how anthropologists take into consideration private and non-private obstacles, gender, intercourse and the physique, the materiality of architectural types and fabrics, development applied sciences and architectural representations. each one bankruptcy makes use of a large diversity of case stories from world wide to envision from inside of anthropology what structure 'does' - the way it makes humans and shapes, sustains and unravels social relations.

An Anthropology of Architecture
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It is later in the eighteenth century with the writings of the Abbé Laugier that speculation on the origins of architecture and the significance of the Vitruvian “primitive hut” regains increased significance (Figure 3). In the wake of European exploration and colonization and its encounters with other peoples and building traditions, the position of European forms was not so self-evident (Hvatuum 2004: 37). Only by peering beyond the surfaces, into the ethnographic “other” and the archaeological “other” of antiquity could the significance of forms be discerned.

De Lobkowitz described the indigenous architecture in Hispaniola (Haiti) and the palace of the cacique of Hispaniola in classical terms. Rykwert notes that the bishop might have been aware of the stone traditions in other parts of the Americas but probably chose to ignore them. Instead, de Lobkowitz’s purpose was to describe the universalism of the analytical trope of the “primitive hut” within the Vitruvian tradition, which evolved into the classical orders (Rykwert 1981: 137). By cataloging the evidence of these recurrent (if not at times imperfect) manifestations of the “primitive hut” of timbers, de Lobkowitz argued for the universalism of the classical orders for all of humanity from a distinctly ethnocentric European perspective as being the most evolved manifestation of these eternal principles that are in evidence everywhere, as the anthropological evidence would indicate—as could at once be seen in Haiti as well as within the European past and present.

Looking closely at nineteenth-century and mid-twentieth-century texts, there is often little to distinguish, fundamentally, the kinds of evolutionary approaches being proposed over the span of a century. What is important to bear in mind in relation to archaeological engagements with architecture is the profound preoccupation with form, the principles that structure a given form, and the capacity of these structures to enable comparison across time, space, and cultures. More important, archaeology provides a deep temporal perspective at once amenable to evolutionary perspectives of various kinds from Marxist to environmental, and more recently to an understanding of architecture as process over different scales of time and material registers.

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