Decoding Homes and Houses by Julienne Hanson

By Julienne Hanson

Homes should not simply assemblages of person rooms yet complicated styles of organised house, ruled through ideas and conventions in regards to the measurement and configuration of rooms, which family actions cross jointly, how the internal could be adorned and supplied and what sorts of loved ones item are applicable in each one environment, how family relate to each other in several areas, and the way and the place site visitors can be got and entertained in the house. deciphering houses and homes introduces new, computer-based thoughts designed to retrieve and interpret this wealth of social and symbolic info. some of the representations and measures express how household house presents a shared framework for lifestyle, how social meanings are built in the house and the way various sub-groups inside of society differentiate themselves via their styles of household house and life.

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192. 8 Hillier and Hanson, The Social Logic of Space, p. 147. 9 Torvald Faegre, Tents: Architecture of the Nomads (London: John Murray, 1979), pp. 15-24. , pp. 61-77. , p. 73. 12 Caroline Humphrey, 'Inside a Mongolian Tent', New Society (31 Oct. 1974), 273-5. 13 Hillier and Hanson, The Social Logic of Space, p. 180. 14 Peter Ucko, Ruth Tringham and G. W. ), Man, Settlement and Urbanism (London: Duckworth, 1972), pp. 23-5315 Hillier and Hanson, The Social Logic of Space, pp. 242-5. 16 Meyer Fortes, The Dynamics of Clanship among the Tallensi (Oxford University Press, 1945) and The Web of Kinship among the Tallensi ( Oxford University Press, 1959).

One feature that all the papers had in common was the attempt to build bridges between the configurational analysis of houses and those methods and approaches which relate more directly to people's social and cultural experience of houses and to individual perceptions of the qualities which are associated with home. After many years of relative neglect, the material culture of homes and houses is emerging as an unified field of study for disciplines as diverse as anthropology, archaeology, architecture, cultural studies, geography, medicine, public health, psychology and sociology.

Semantically rich dwellings from the ethnographic record are not the only cases which exploit spatial ambiguity within the domestic setting. It is a particular feature of modern, architect-designed homes, but here ambiguity is created by articulating spatial boundaries within a 'plan libre' or 'promenade architectural' rather than by differentiating zones within a simple shape. A great deal of the architectural 'buzz' is generated by the plastic manipulation of volume, but here in the interests of the aesthetic experience of a building experienced in movement, rather than the communication of culturally-significant information.

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