Traditional architecture in the Pacific

Saini, Balwant and Moore, Alison (2007). Traditional architecture in the Pacific.

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Title Traditional architecture in the Pacific
Abstract/Summary Architecture of the Pacific covers a region of more than third of the earth’s surface. The sparse Pacific population spreads over some 30 000 islands, which graduate in size from small atolls to the largest island, Australia, a continent. Pacific architecture can be studied as four cultural units: Micronesia, Polynesia, Melanesia, and Australasia (Australia and New Zealand). While many of the islands of Micronesia lie above the Equator, the remaining Pacific islands are in the southern hemisphere. With the exception of Australia, most of the islands have a warm and humid tropical climate with high rainfalls and lush vegetation. Some islands lie in the cyclonic and earthquake belts. Two distinct racial groups settled the region. The indigenous people, the Micronesians, Melanesians, Polynesians, Australian Aborigines and New Zealand Maoris, migrated from Asia thousands of years ago. The second group, the recent immigrants, were Europeans, who occupied the region during the last two centuries, and pockets of Asians brought in by colonial administrations as labourers during the early twentieth century.
Keyword Pacific
Indigenous architecture
Date 2007-04-24
Research Fields, Courses and Disciplines 310101 Architecture
Author Saini, Balwant
Moore, Alison
Open Access Status Other

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Created: Tue, 24 Apr 2007, 14:07:33 EST by Belinda Weaver on behalf of School of Architecture