The Architecture of Life and Death in Borneo

The Architecture of Life and Death in Borneo

by Robert L. Winzeler
     
 

ISBN-10: 0824826329

ISBN-13: 9780824826321

Pub. Date: 03/28/2004

Publisher: University of Hawaii Press, The

Resent-day travelers visiting Borneo to see the marvelous buildings pictured in books are liable to wonder if they somehow ended up in the wrong place. Much of the architecture of Borneo and other areas of the humid tropics was never intended to last and, built as it is of wood and other organic materials, last it has not. Among Borneo's spectacular indigenous…  See more details below

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Resent-day travelers visiting Borneo to see the marvelous buildings pictured in books are liable to wonder if they somehow ended up in the wrong place. Much of the architecture of Borneo and other areas of the humid tropics was never intended to last and, built as it is of wood and other organic materials, last it has not. Among Borneo's spectacular indigenous buildings, the longhouses, mortuary monuments, and other architectural forms of the interior are some of the most outstanding, and much of the renewed interest in indigenous architecture has focused on the rapidly vanishing or now extinct traditional forms or a small number of surviving examples or re-creations.

Drawing on the author's extensive research and travel in Borneo, this impressive and original study offers a more comprehensive account of this architecture than any previous work. Organized into two sections, the book first documents and explains traditional built forms in terms of tools and materials, the environmental context, village organization, and social arrangements. This section includes a full discussion of architecture designs and symbolism especially those dealing with life and death. The author next looks at the destruction or transformation of traditional architecture based on a number of interrelated developments, including religious conversion, Western influence, internal migration, and logging, as well as governmental attitudes and efforts. The differences between Malaysian Borneo longhouses, which remain a common form of dwelling and those of Indonesian Kalimantan, which have largely disappeared, are striking.

Illustrated with more than 150 photographs and line drawings, The Architecture of Lifeand Death in Borneo will appeal to those with an interest in Southeast Asian art, architecture, and religion and in past and present cultural developments involving native peoples.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780824826321
Publisher:
University of Hawaii Press, The
Publication date:
03/28/2004
Pages:
216
Product dimensions:
8.20(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction1
Pt. 1Traditional Forms
Ch. 1The Built Environment of the Interior: An Overview19
Ch. 2The Longhouse49
Ch. 3The Architectural Symbolism of Life and Death79
Pt. 2Modern Transformations
Ch. 4The Development of Bidayuh Architecture109
Ch. 5Two Patterns of Change128
Ch. 6Modern Uses and the Future of Indigenous Architecture154
Notes183
Bibliography192
List of Sources and Credits199
Index201

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