The dilemma of rural architecture – part II (New Guinea – Melanesia)

Note also articles/parts I (Introduction/general); III (Greece) and IV (Bavaria).

In New Guinea uprooted villagers “design” their houses in a similar way as shanty town dwellers; they return to the basic construction outlines, but they also seek access to advanced technology = corrugated iron, plastic and alike. Any tradition in house design has been totally abandoned. The dilemma here is the collapse of the original communal coherence, hence the lack of pride and esteem for their own heritage (a general village peoples dilemma) and the imitation of urban =modern= white man’s ways of buildig technology, without having adequate economic means or adequate support. Regardless, what costs money is supposed to be better than the bush materials that grow wild in the village environment.

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