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The Architecture of Life and Death in Borneo

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Publisher Comments:

Among Borneo's spectacular indigenous buildings, the longhouses, mortuary monuments, and other architectural forms of the interior are some of the most outstanding, and much of the renewed interest in indigenous architecture has focused on the rapidly vanishing or now extinct traditional forms of a small number of surviving examples or recreations. Drawing on the author's extensive research and travel in Borneo, this impressive and original study offers a more comprehensive account of this architecture than any previous work. Organized into two sections, the book first documents and explains traditional built forms in terms of tools and materials, the environmental context, village organization, and social arrangements. This section includes a full discussion of architecture designs and symbolism, especially those dealing with life and death. The author next looks at the destruction or transformation of traditional architecture based on a number of interrelated developments, including religious conversion, Western influence, internal migration, and logging, as well as governmental attitudes and efforts. The book concludes with a discussion of recent efforts to document and preserve traditional structures and turn indigenous as well as colonial architecture into history and heritage.

Book News Annotation:

Winzeler (anthropology, U. of Nevada) offers an overview of the indigenous architecture of the non-Malay people of Borneo, examining the construction and social meanings of the longhouses, mortuary monuments, and other built forms of the interior. He explains the tools and methods used to construct the houses, discusses the relation structures to the environment and village social structures, and provides an analysis of designs and forms. He also explores the architectural continuities and disruptions brought about by religious changes, Western influence, modernization policies, internal migration, and environmental changes.
Annotation 2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN:
9780824826321
Publisher:
University of Hawaii Press
Location:
Honolulu
Author:
Winzeler, Robert L.
Subject:
Architecture
Subject:
Vernacular architecture
Subject:
International Architecture - Asian
Subject:
Ethnic architecture
Subject:
Architecture - Borneo
Subject:
Vernacular architecture - Borneo
Subject:
Architecture-Asia and Oceania
Subject:
Architecture -- History.
Series Volume:
87
Publication Date:
20040331
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
216
Dimensions:
9.46x8.30x.72 in. 1.68 lbs.

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