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What is Ethnoarchitecture? ("Stub")
Gabriel Arboleda
This is a "stub," a place maker for a definition of Ethnoarchitecture that is in the works.
We could argue that the history of ethnoarchitecture is a history of representation that does not begin with the ethnoarchitecture itself. It begins with the attempts by theorists to understand the ethnoarchitecture, and remarkably to understand the origin of the first house. The answers have historically fallen into two "categories," which we could call necessitas and venustas. Does the primitive home originates from the man's necessity to procure shelter for himself, or from the man's aspirations of being recognized by his fellow men? Is the primitive house practical adaptation, or pure beauty? The question of origins has been critical throughout the history of architecture theory, and has been directly or indirectly related to political, cultural, and ethical issues.

Published: December 3, 2006 . Category: General Info
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Arboleda, Gabriel. What is Ethnoarchitecture? ("Stub") [online]. Berkeley, CA:, 3 December 2006 [cited 16 January 2017]. Available from World Wide Web: <>.

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