[URBANTH-L]change of use of buildings in traditional cultures

John Paul Catungal catungalj at geog.utoronto.ca
Thu Aug 10 23:25:30 EDT 2006

Hi Michael (and all):

There is a book called "How Buildings Learn" by Stewart Brand. It is a very
readable and entertaining book. I am not sure how suitable it is for your
project but it is a good book nonetheless. Check it out!


Quoting Michael Guggenheim <migug at bluewin.ch>:

> Dear list members,
> I am doing a research project on change of use of buildings and the  
> history of the concept of change of use. According to some theories,  
> (cf. A. Rapoport) the link between house form and culture is in  
> traditional societies stronger than in modern day society.
> This would mean that change of use of buildings would produce massive 
>  problems for traditional societies. For example: Are there instances 
>  where buildings used for living are turned into buildings for sacred 
>  practices or vice versa? I wonder whether any literature, especially 
>  ethnographic literature exists on this topic, and if so, if list  
> members could help me with some bibliographical hints.
> (I work on Western 20th Century Examples, which explains my  
> unfamiliarity with this literature)
> best
> Michael
> ------------------------------------------------------------
> Dr. Michael Guggenheim
> Ethnologisches Seminar der Universität Zürich
> Postadresse:
> Seefeldstr. 86
> 8008 Zürich
> migug at bluewin.ch
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John Paul Cervas Catungal
MA (Candidate), Geography and Planning (University of Toronto)
BA (First Class Honours), Geography and Sociology (Simon Fraser University)

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