Title, House form and culture. Prentice-Hall Foundations of Cultural Geography Series · Foundations of cultural geography series. Author, Amos Rapoport. House Form And Culture. Amos Rapoport. Prentice-Hall, Englewood Cliffs, N. J., x + pp., illus. Cloth, $; paper, $ Foundations of Cultural. House Form and Culture [Amos Rapoport] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. An historical approach to the broad variety of primitive and.

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Home About Help Search. Redfield, The Primitive World and its Transformationsp. Yale University Press, Find a copy in the library Finding libraries that amoss this item Would you also like to submit a review for this item?

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If we look at only the smallest part of the work, that part tends to assume undue importance; if we look at in in isolation, we cannot grasp its complex and subtle relation to the vernacular matrix with which it forms a total spatial and hierarchic system.

It is of course a relative term; to future societies we will undoubtedly appear rather primitive. Don’t have an account? Please create a new list with a new name; move some items raplport a new or existing list; or delete some items.

They have emphasized the work of men of genius, the unusual, the rare. Please enter the message. This basic distinction relates to a number of studies.

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The physical environment of man, especially the built environment, had not been, and still is not, controlled by the designer. Even today the figure for architecture-designed buildings worldwide is reliably estimated at five per cent.

The E-mail message field is required. Vernacular is defined as indigenous, used by the people; anonymous as of unknown authorship; folk as masses of the people in the lower culture, and originated or widely used among common people.

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For a summary of the definition of primitivesee J. The term primitivetherefore, does not refer to the builders’ intentions or abilities, but rather to the rapopoft in which they build. The two methods of building may, in fact, coexist as they do in the primitive context. This explains the close relation between the forms and the culture in which they are embedded, and also the fact that some of these forms persist for very long periods of time.

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The maximum, he estimates, is reached in England where architects may be responsible for 40 per cent of the buildings. Primitive is much easier to define than vernacular. Remember me on this computer. It refers largely to certain technological as well as economic levels of development, but also includes aspects of social organization. Yet we must look at the whole environment in order to understand it, and it is in this sense that we must study history of built form.

Details Additional Physical Format: Search WorldCat Find items in libraries near you. It is the world view writ small, the “ideal” environment of a people expressed in buildings and settlements, with no designer, artist, or architect, with an axe to grind although to what extent the designer is really is a form giver is a moot point. This environment is the result of vernacular or folk, or popular architecture, and it has been largely ignored in architectural history and theory. Similar Items Related Subjects: Yet it has been the environment of the Athens of the Acropolis, of the Maya cities culturs the towns next to Egyptian temples and tombs or around Gothic cathedrals — as it has been of remote villages and islands, whether of Greece or the South Seas.


The folk tradition also fodm the bulk of the built environment. This neglect of the bulk of the built environment, the tendency to see mud hovels or insignificant rapopogt shacks where there are, in fact, buildings of great quality with much to teach us, has given rise to two standards — one for “important” buildings, especially those of the past, and another for “unimportant” buildings and the environment, which they compose.

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Within this folk tradition, we may distinguish between primitive and vernacular buildings, with the latter comprising preindustrial vernacular and modern vernacular. Document, Internet resource Document Type: In addition, the high style buildings usually must be seen in reaction to, and in the context of, the vernacular matrix, and are in fact incomprehensible outside that context, especially as it existed at the time they were designed and built.