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A theory of architectural design [Extrait] / R. H. Mcguire, M. B. Schiffer

Publication : 1983 In : Journal of Anthropological Archaeology, 2, 3, p. 277-303Langue : Anglais. Auteur principal: McGuire, Randall H. Co-auteur: Schiffer, Michael Brian (1947--....) Résumé : A rudimentary theory to explain the design of vernacular structures is presented. Conceiving of architectural design as a social process, the theory focuses on the influence of utilitarian and symbolic functions as well as on the trade-offs between production and maintenance costs. A particular design is viewed as the outcome of a process of compromise among conflicting goals, influenced by factors of adaptation and social organization. The theory is used to generate an explanatory sketch for why the prehistoric Anasazi of the American Southwest went from being pithouse to pueblo dwellers (Revue).Mots libres: Ouvrages généraux -- Méthodologie et recensions .
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Nanterre : MSH Mondes - Paléorient - Préhistoire et Protohistoire orientales
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A rudimentary theory to explain the design of vernacular structures is presented. Conceiving of architectural design as a social process, the theory focuses on the influence of utilitarian and symbolic functions as well as on the trade-offs between production and maintenance costs. A particular design is viewed as the outcome of a process of compromise among conflicting goals, influenced by factors of adaptation and social organization. The theory is used to generate an explanatory sketch for why the prehistoric Anasazi of the American Southwest went from being pithouse to pueblo dwellers (Revue)

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