Two traditional African settlements - context and configuration

Show simple item record Steyn, Gerald Roodt, André 2010-10-15T12:19:04Z 2010-10-15T12:19:04Z 2010-10 2003
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dc.description.abstract Vernacular African settlements and buildings are widely appreciated for their human scale, aesthetic clarity and harmony with nature. But this appreciation appears to be limited to their iconic and picturesque qualities, and there seems to be little understanding of the value of these architectural traditions as products of historical, ecological, cultural and economic circumstances. This study compares a traditional Tonga compound at Siamundela, southern Zambia with a Banoka village near Khwai in the Okavango Delta, Botswana. Whereas Siamundela is totally remote, the Banoka are occasionally exposed to passing safari traffic. These case studies demonstrate how the built environments of different cultures reflect changes in social structures in response to the varying degrees of exposure to external influences. The two case studies are described in terms of context (historical perspectives, socio-economic and cultural conditions, geography) and dwelling and settlement patterns. The emphasis is on a comparison of spatial organisation and fabric. en_US
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dc.format.extent 15 pages en_US
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dc.identifier.citation Steyn, G & Roodt, A 2003, 'Two traditional African settlements - context and configuration.' South African Journal of Art History, vol. 18, pp. 195-209. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0258-3542
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dc.publisher Art Historical Work Group of South Africa en_US
dc.rights Art Historical Work Group of South Africa en_US
dc.subject Architecture en_US
dc.subject Vernacular African settlements en_US
dc.subject African vernacular architecture en_US
dc.subject Village communities en_US
dc.subject African dwellings en_US
dc.subject Tonga compounds en_US
dc.subject Banoka villages en_US
dc.subject Siamundela en_US
dc.subject Khwai en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Vernacular architecture -- Africa -- History en
dc.subject.lcsh Architecture, Domestic -- Africa -- History en
dc.subject.lcsh Human settlements -- Africa -- History en
dc.subject.lcsh Dwellings -- Africa -- History en
dc.subject.lcsh Tonga (Zambezi people) -- Dwellings -- History en
dc.title Two traditional African settlements - context and configuration en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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