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Lucas, Raymond ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5615-6854 (2021) Architecture. In: International Encyclopedia of Anthropology. Wiley. ISBN 9780470657225

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Abstract

Architecture is a design discipline, denoting both the professional practice and the built works associated with it. Architecture is commonly understood to be separate from building on the premise that it involves the conscious and deliberate design of elements rather than replicating established patterns; this is an increasingly problematic position that reinforces colonialist discourses over what constitutes architecture. Architecture has its own well‐developed theories and histories. There are multiple points of intersection between architecture and anthropology, such as the ethnography of practice, dwelling perspectives and anthropologies of home, urban anthropology, and critiques of modernity. Architecture has its own discussions of materials in parallel to those undertaken in material culture, and results in tangible interventions in the world.

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