The paper looks at the application of traditional forms
and decorative elements in contemporary Zimbabwean
architecture as part of the development of regional
identity through an analysis of Bulawayo Mayor’s Residence
project. Two primary sources are used i.e., theoretical
material on “culture”, “identity” and “supportiveness” and
fieldwork material from respondents in and around Bulawayo.
The paper draws mainly from social and cultural theories
as well as identity literature in architecture.
It is argued that understanding historical developments
of the concept of identity in social sciences is key to
comprehending architects’ engagement with local cultural
issues in their design of built-environments, i.e.,
“cultural connectivity”, particularly in third world
countries. In this respect, cultural connectivity can
be considered a prime determinant of “local appropriateness”
of built environments, which can be achieved through
designing of architectural projects that are of national
and regional importance.
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