AUTHOR: Sascha Roesler
CONTEXT: Article in Nuts & Bolts of Construction History. Culture, Technology and Society, Vol. 1, ed. by Robert Carvais et. al., Editions A&J Picard, 2012, p. 29-35.
KEYWORDS: Architectural Anthropology, Architectural Ethnography, Global Construction, Postcolonial Theory, Vernacular and Informal Architecture
In the discipline of architecture to date, hardly any approaches exist to integrate into architectural education knowledge of construction as it is found in vernacular and informal building. The following remarks are intended as a plea for the establishment of a new academic discipline that comprehensively addresses such vernacular building traditions, commonly referred to as “architecture without architects” (Rudofsky 1964). The discipline will be entitled “architectural anthropology”; subject matter of this discipline would primarily consist of domestic, non-European building phenomena. Architectural anthropology comprises an interdisciplinary field of knowledge, in which architects – as well as anthropologists – play a crucial role. The following considerations deal only with the (possible) contribution of architects to this new discipline.