The Re-invention of the ‘Behaviour Setting’ in the New Indigenous Architecture

  • Paul Memmott


In understanding the new authentic indigenous architecture, this chapter analyses cultural appropriateness using a concept originally derived from ecological psychology in the USA. The ‘behaviour setting’ concept analyses how certain attributes such as spatial behaviour, physical boundaries, ecological structures, environmental meanings, management controls and time properties combine to form categories of complex architectural places to fulfil recurring human needs. Four case studies from indigenous groups in America, Polynesia and Australia (health clinic, meeting place, homeless centre, training camp) show how distinctive indigenous behaviour settings are being reinvented from traditional practices and combined with global architectural attributes, service and management practices to generate a new indigenous architecture, one which is contributing to a quality of lifestyle for the users.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The University of QueenslandBrisbaneAustralia

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