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The Coexistence of Western and African Influences in Southern African Architecture: The ‘Underdeveloped’ and ‘Developed’ Technologies in the Age of Globalization

Barbara P. Jekot
Department of Architecture, University of Pretoria, South Africa
Abstract—Varied materials and technologies add a lot to the cultural landscape of Southern Africa. The coexistence of Western and African influences are evident and reflect different characteristics and dynamics: their economical, political, social and cultural dispensations as well as their patterns of collection, production, and consumption. The ‘developed’ and ‘underdeveloped’ technologies can often be seen. Specific environmentally friendly interventions in various socio-cultural and cross-cultural backgrounds can be observed. Where the regional culture and resources are taken into account, the resultant architecture is more relevant and can make a positive contribution to global development and sustainable growth. I have observed a lot of comprehensive application of regional and global resources, which are innovative and economically sound. 

Index Terms—cultural landscape, materials, technology, sustainable development, regionalism, globalization

Cite: Barbara P. Jekot, "The Coexistence of Western and African Influences in Southern African Architecture: The ‘Underdeveloped’ and ‘Developed’ Technologies in the Age of Globalization," International Journal of Structural and Civil Engineering Research, Vol. 6, No. 3, pp. 215-221, August 2017. doi: 10.18178/ijscer.6.3.215-221

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