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Rural architecture in southern Africa : lessons for teaching and design

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dc.contributor.author Van Schaik L en
dc.date.accessioned 2016-09-22T09:16:47Z
dc.date.available 2016-09-22T09:16:47Z
dc.date.created 1980 en
dc.date.submitted 1982 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11892/52753
dc.description.abstract Attempts to 'Africanise' a design method currently in use in Europe and America. The assumption is that the 'method of type' will form an appropriate tool for the local application of the design methods. This assumption is tested through a student programme with rural architecture as its focus. The results are consistently 'thin' and superficial. No observable change occurs in the relationship of the student to local realities, and the method is examined in the context of design process. It is suggested that architectural theory confuses design method with design process. The proper concern of method is with the inputs to that process and the assessment of the outputs from that process. The 'method of type' is a reductive method which defines the observed in its own terms. An 'information-rich' method of observation is postulated as a better approach to the field of information that must be dealt with if 'Africanisation' is to take place. Architectural theory fails to indicate that both method and process must be part of an organisational framework if they are to have effect. An example that predates better known attempts at such an organisational framework is given. The conclusions are that the design process does not transcend its inputs and that the design process is limited to inputs which are defined by the nature of the organisational framework that houses the process. en
dc.language English en
dc.subject Architecture, Quantity surveying and Building management en
dc.subject Urban planning/Urban design en
dc.subject 028 Town and Regional planning en
dc.title Rural architecture in southern Africa : lessons for teaching and design en
dc.type Masters degree en
dc.description.degree M Arch en


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