An Anthropology of Architecture by Victor Buchli
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Contents of Anthropology of Architecture PDF

  • The Long Nineteenth Century.
  • Architecture and Archaeology.
  • Social Anthropology and the House Societies of Lévi-Strauss.
  • Institutions and Community.
  • Consumption Studies and the Home.
  • Embodiment and Architectural Form.
  • Iconoclasm, Decay, and the Destruction of Architectural Forms.

Preface to Anthropology of Architecture PDF

This book, therefore, is not a comprehensive survey, which would be impossible to encompass meaning-fully within one volume.

I defer to other colleagues whom I have learned from for thorough summaries of the arc of anthropologically inflected studies of architectural form.

Indispensable sources are Paul Olivers magisterial multivolume work (1997); the vast output of the journal Traditional Dwellings and Settlements Review,

published by the International Association for the Study of Traditional Environments; Suzanne Preston Blier state-of-the-art survey in Tilleyetal.

(2006); Setha Low and Denise Lawrences (2003) review of the anthropological and wider literature pertaining to the study of house forms; the reviews of both Mike Parker Pearson and Colin

Richards (1994) as well as Ross Samson (1990) of architecture within archaeology; Claire Melhuish cross-disciplinary exploration of architects and anthropologists (1996);

Donna Birdwell-Pheasant and Denise Lawrence-Zs edited volume on Europe (1999); and Trevor Marchand (2009) ethnography of mud brick construction.

All of these works must be consulted for a more wide-ranging discussion of the scope of architectural studies relevant to anthropology.

Rather, this book aims to engage with the more specific question of the materiality of built form in its various material registers (Thrift 2005).

The emphasis on material register is an attempt to understand architectonic and architectural forms in particular,

not merely in terms of immediate empirically evident material form as an assemblage of certain kinds of building materials such as wood,

concrete, or mud or building techniques such as mass-industrialized housing or mud brick but in terms of how architectonic forms might be understood additionally in different registers such as image, metaphor, performance, ruin, diagnostic,

or symbol and how the specific material conditions of these registers their materiality enables human relations.

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