POKOT ARCHITECTURE

his research investigates traditional Pokot beliefs and practices that influence creation of space, the transformations witnessed in the
built forms over time and projects the way forward for a regional architecture that blends modern international forces on the built
form with the traditional Pokot architecture. Following literature review, the author deduces both cultural and architectural constants
such as democracy and equity, polygamy, dualism, centrality, privacy and seclusion among other constants. Data is collected through
observation and interview techniques. Free hand sketches, photographs, notes and descriptions help to analyse and present the data
obtained from the field. The author finds out that there are cultural and architectural constants that resonate with what was earlier
established through literature review. However, there are inconsistencies that were established in the field such as the direction of
growth of the homestead among others. The research brings to light five major design principles of the Pokot, namely hierarchy,
dualism, centralism, security and privacy. Recommendations made take into consideration the culture and traditions of the Pokot and
the design principles expressed in their built forms and spa
 

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