Portuguese architectural adaptations to the architectures of the East and their legacy

Guedes, Pedro and Lewcock, Ronald B. (2012). Portuguese architectural adaptations to the architectures of the East and their legacy. In: FAU / USP, Espaços Narrados - a construção dos múltiplos territórios da língua portuguesa. Espaços Narrados - a construção dos múltiplos territórios da língua portuguesa, São Paulo, SP, Brasil, (594-613). 29 October - 1 November 2012.

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Author Guedes, Pedro
Lewcock, Ronald B.
Title of paper Portuguese architectural adaptations to the architectures of the East and their legacy
Conference name Espaços Narrados - a construção dos múltiplos territórios da língua portuguesa
Conference location São Paulo, SP, Brasil
Conference dates 29 October - 1 November 2012
Proceedings title Espaços Narrados - a construção dos múltiplos territórios da língua portuguesa
Place of Publication Sao Paulo, SP, Brazil
Publisher Faculdade de Arquitetura e Urbanismo, Universidade de Sao Paulo FAU / USP
Publication Year 2012
Sub-type Fully published paper
ISBN 9788580890228
Editor FAU / USP
Start page 594
End page 613
Total pages 20
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
Portuguese adventurers, traders and missionaries interacted with a great variety of existing cultures and communities around the Indian Ocean and beyond, before other Europeans challenged their presence. Official settlements under a Viceroy at Goa were only a small part of a very wide network of Portuguese influence resulting from intermarriage with locals and the successful conversion to Catholicism of dispersed communities. After a century in the area, Portuguese had become a lingua franca.

The Portuguese adapted their buildings to suit the cultures they encountered and the lifestyles they adopted when taking local wives and establishing families. They also built using local experience in responding to tropical climates, available materials and local building skills.

This paper sketches out some of the responses to building made by these early encounters of the Portuguese with the East and suggests how what they learnt was taken up and adapted by other Europeans entering the area to traffic in and exploit its riches.
Keyword Colonial architecture
Portuguese Colonial building
Portuguese legacy
Lusofone persistence
Q-Index Code EX
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Created: Fri, 23 Nov 2012, 13:29:01 EST by Mr Pedro Guedes on behalf of School of Architecture