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Title: Adaptation and motivation : an environmental model for architectural meaning
Author: Masaud, Masaud Abubaker
Awarding Body: Heriot-Watt University
Current Institution: Heriot-Watt University
Date of Award: 1996
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Most architectural theorisation at present, is engaged with concepts and views that are largely the expressions of some kind of "transient" epistemological and mental constructions. The typical design solutions emerging from such an approach would be dominated therefore by a visual and physical language that disconnects with the meaning which architecture has developed over time and which is embedded in the cultural context of the different societies. The thesis elaborates on an approach of understanding architectural phenomenon which relates it to its generative origins and the evolutionary processes of change and transformation. A model is developed which demonstrates the interrelationships between the natural environment and cultural systems. The aim is to explain the role of adaptation in building up a hierarchical links between the physical characteristic of a place and the higher cultural forms and values. The thesis has achieved this through correlating human motivations explained by Abraham Maslow with the different levels of adaptation. The reading made shows that architecture is a holistic phenomenon which has resulted from processes of transformation and whose perception is contained in the semantic structure of language and the symbolic systems of culture in hand. The thesis concludes by the introduction of a framework consisting of a number of components which open up a basis for diachronic approach to theory of architecture. Several examples are selected for an analysis and interpretation to demonstrate the links which exist between the aesthetic qualities of these particular architectural phenomena and the basic needs and physical conditions. Although several of these examples have been chosen from the Middle Eastern area, the thesis argues for the universal application of the concept of adaptation in maintaining regional differences and cultural diversities that are also expressed in architectural forms and their aesthetic qualities.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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