TOWARDS A HYBRID MAASAI ARCHITECTURE

Architecture is the embodiment of cultural norms which link the past present and the future life. Traditional Maasai architecture was characterized by a tight correlation between the understanding of these cultural norms by designers, builders and users. This study was undertaken to examine the correlation between Maasai culture and architecture a quality that has been lost in emerging contemporary architecture of Narok county. By selecting two cases from both traditional and contemporary architecture, it was possible to understand the embodiment of culture in architecture following a detailed analysis of the cases in relation to the Maasai culture. It emerged that traditional Maasai architecture was primarily governed by their culture and thus the sole basis for meaning and identity of their architecture despite the integration of modern construction materials and technology. From this, it is recommended that in order to achieve a hybrid Maasai architecture, it is essential to apply the following concept of Maasai culture: dualism, privacy, centrality and communalism. These will therefore form the basis for an authentic and symbolic architecture rich in meaning and identity and thus the establishment of a hybrid Maasai architecture.

Calendar

M T W T F S S
 
 
1
 
2
 
3
 
4
 
5
 
6
 
7
 
8
 
9
 
10
 
11
 
12
 
13
 
14
 
15
 
16
 
17
 
18
 
19
 
20
 
21
 
22
 
23
 
24
 
25
 
26
 
27
 
28
 
29
 
30