This book explores the relationships between form, space, and cultural meaning in human habitation. Authors from a variety of disciplines and international sites address the possibilities of common ground in architectural theories about place and dwelling, anthropological research on settlement archaeology, and the study of cultural landscapes and geography. Illustrated with 220 full-color images, this book is a unique attempt to combine thinking about cultural meaning in space and settlements, both ancient and contemporary.
Foreword 1. Building and knowing 2. Animal settlements: ecological functionalism of animal architecture 3. Settlement patterns in Americanist archaeology 4. The idea of a Maya town 5. Cosmological structures of ancient Egyptian city planning 6. Mohenjo-Daro: the symbolic landscape of an ancient city 7. Holy mountains 8. The ontological structure of mediance as a ground of meaning in architecture 9. Three gestures in a poetics of place : Chinese settlement and disruption 10. The language of cultural memory in Chinese gardens 11. A culture without a temple: ritual landscape sanctuaries and female superiority in state religion in Ryukyu 12. Etruscan boundaries and prophecy 13. Razing the roof: the imperative of building destruction in Danhome (Dahomey) 14. Signs of the ancestors: an archaeology of mesa villages of the Pueblo revolt 15. Imagining the past 16. The oasis model 17. The evolution of settlement: fieldwork at Zuni Pueblo 1995-97 18. The primitive origins of modern architecture: Le Corbusier's Voyage to the East 19. Symbolic settlements: the American ideological tension between private homes and public housing 20. Transplanting the New Jersey Turnpike to China 21. Landscape ecology and cities 22. Settlements after now 23. 21st century nomadism and settlement 24. Materials matter in urban architecture