Architecture and Order: Approaches to Social Space by M. Pearson

By M. Pearson

Structure is a robust medium for representing, ordering and classifying the realm; which means can be created and remodeled by means of defining symbolic barriers, analogues and metaphors. For over a decade archaeologists were utilizing techniques of the symbolic use of area. Contributions to "Architecture and Order" diversity from stories of hunter-gatherer camp association to using area in classical and medieval worlds. in addition to archaeological case experiences, there are contributions exploring facets of anthropological, social, psychiatric and architectural thought.

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East is considered to be on the right hand, associated with maleness. West represents death, impurity, the left hand and the female sex. While south is neutral, north is auspicious and associated with the elephant, an animal with mythical and royal associations. In the sleeping room, at the north of the house, the parents sleep in the east and the married daughter and son-in-law sleep to the west. The house is entered from the south, the visitor facing north, while the kitchen and the wash place must always be on the west side.

Such an approach is concerned with semantic architectural codes (Eco 1980:38–39). These involve denotative and connotative meanings, such as denotative functions (roof, window), and connotative functions (triumphal arch, tympanum, palace) and connotative ideologies (dining room, menstruation hut). Syntactic codes involve spatial types such as circular plan, high-rise and panopticon. Eco considered that the study of syntax and semantics should be pursued jointly but conceded that the study of purely syntactic codifications was an appropriate pursuit as well.

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