From Cultural Ecology to Architectural Ecology

  • Prinya Mruksirisuk Doctor of Philosophy Program in Vernacular Architecture Faculty of Architecture, Silpakorn University
  • Vira Inpuntung Faculty of Architecture, Silpakorn University
Keywords: Cultural Ecological, Vernacular Architecture, Architectural Ecology

Abstract

         The main objective of this article is to review the guidance study of vernacular architecture, especially in Thai academic by focusing on the development of the knowledge of architecture. This is based on a built-up of architecture by a local through collecting secondary data from relevant documents and researches. These documentaries bring to understand the educational guidelines of development. It is developed in various periods with content analysis to compile a summary of the guideline study of vernacular architecture that was developed until present in according with academic approaches.

         The results of the study showed that guidelines for studying vernacular architecture in Thailand at the beginning focused on the physical characteristics of the architecture. House was represented a residence as first type of architectural feature and it used to analyze on architecture approach only.  Next, the expanded area of scoping study covered the surrounding environment as well. Later on, the concept of cultural ecology was applied in the study of vernacular architecture according to the conceptual framework of relationship between human-created cultures and the environment. This leads to an understanding of further factors in vernacular architecture forms in various dimensions. Presently, this approach is considered to be a study guideline that widely used by scholars for vernacular architecture.

         Based on the concept of cultural ecology, for vernacular architecture, is specifically called “Architectural Ecology” which can be summarized as follows: 1) focusing on the relationship between human, architecture and the environment, 2) the scope of the study content have been extended by using different disciplines in architecture field, 3) it is not limited to architecture features but it has expanded to a context particularly the located environments, 4) the contents of architecture is not only directly to architectural issues, there are also many aspects overlapping with the environment and way of life of people as well.

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Published
2020-06-11
How to Cite
Mruksirisuk, P., & Inpuntung, V. (2020). From Cultural Ecology to Architectural Ecology. NAJUA: Architecture, Design and Built Environment, 35(1), B1-B18. Retrieved from https://so04.tci-thaijo.org/index.php/NAJUA-Arch/article/view/243000
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สถาปัตยกรรมพื้นถิ่น และสภาพแวดล้อมทางวัฒนธรรม | Vernacular Architecture and Cultural Environment