Bo-Kaap architecture : a critique of structuralist theory
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University of Cape Town
Within the last decade, the study of vernacular architecture has expanded dramatically. The built environment has been recognized as the conversion of ideas into architectural space and the durable and stationary nature of construction has facilitated the development of a broad data base complementing more traditional historical sources. Much interpretation has been orientated within a structuralist framework of analysis and the validity of such an approach is questioned by a critical examination of two structuralist interpretation - Henry Glassie's Folk Housing in Middle Virginia and John Gribble's analysis of sandveld vernacular. A comparative data base is provided by a sample of houses from Bo-Kaap. Interpretation suggests the inadquacies and limitations of a structuralist understanding and recommends the need for new direction.
Bibliography: p. 70-76.
Behrens, J. 1991. Bo-Kaap architecture : a critique of structuralist theory. University of Cape Town.