Exploring a cross-cultural theory of architecture

Memmott, Paul and Davidson, James (2008) Exploring a cross-cultural theory of architecture. Traditional Dwellings and Settlements Review, 19 2 Spring: 51-68.

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Author Memmott, Paul
Davidson, James
Title Exploring a cross-cultural theory of architecture
Journal name Traditional Dwellings and Settlements Review   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1050-2092
Publication date 2008
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 19
Issue 2 Spring
Start page 51
End page 68
Total pages 18
Editor N. AlSayyad
Place of publication Berkeley, California
Publisher The International Association for the Study of Traditional Environments
Collection year 2009
Language eng
Subject C1
970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
169999 Studies in Human Society not elsewhere classified
310103 Urban and Regional Planning
Abstract This article contributes to the development of a theoretical framework to address and explain all human behavior toward or linked with buildings, dwellings and settlements, in terms of both creating and using such environments. In promoting such a project is not our aim to demote Western architecture or elevate indigenous architecture, but to seek a theory that can be objectively applied to understanding interactions between the architectural values and building traditions of different cultures. Such a unifying theory of architecture must initially treat all forms of building as having intrinsic value within their own cultural contexts, without unreasonably biasing one form over another.
Q-Index Code C1
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