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Staff working on the theme of anthropology of architecture set out to provide an understanding of the social and cultural importance of architecture, as well as of the characteristics of an anthropological approach to its study. Employing a holistic and processual approach to architecture, they consider the dynamic interrelationship of material, social and symbolic aspects of all forms of buildings and settlements, regardless of their size, function, form and geographical, environmental or cultural context.
The Encyclopedia of Vernacular Architecture of the World edited by Dr Marcel Vellinga will be a fully revised, updated and expanded edition of Paul Oliver’s classic 1997 publication.
This research project considers the relation between individual and community perceptions of rapid change and scarce resources and the political dimensions that shape such contexts.
Paul Oliver Vernacular Architecture Library Images (POVALi) comprises over 20,000 images taken by Professor Paul Oliver MBE over a period of more than 50 years.