Eco-culture, development, and architecture

Knowledge and Policy 6 (3-4):10-28 (1993)

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This article examines the prospects for an authentic regional architecture in the light of alternative development paradigms. It is argued that the failure of orthodox development strategies and the domination of western culture, including architecture, over non-Western cultures, is due to fundamental imbalances between northern and southern economic structures. By contrast, ecodevelopment, appropriate technology and regional architecture all represent significant devolutionary movements toward a global “eco-culture.” A cultural typology placing eco-culture in historical perspective is outlined. It is concluded that, to be fully effective, changes in development patterns in the south have to be matched by equivalent cultural changes in the North.
Keywords Regional architecture  Development paradigms  Cultural typology  Eco-culture
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DOI 10.1007/BF02696280
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