THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND SOCIAL THEORY: TOWARDS AN ARCHITECTURAL GEOGRAPHY *

Authors

  • Jon Goss

    1. JON GOSS is Assistant Professor at the University of Hawaii. His PhD. dissertation (University of Kentucky) is on the urban poor in Manila, Philippines. He is interested in urban space and social movements.
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    I would like to express my appreciation for the helpful comments of the editors and two anonymous reviewers on earlier drafts of this paper.

Abstract

This paper critiques the narrow empiricist focus and inadequate theoretical development of much architectural geography. The geographer's concern and interest in the built environment is integrated with a more critical and relevant awareness of social theory. Four theoretical categories of building and architectural function are discussed: buildings as cultural artifacts, as objects of value, as signs, and as a spatial system. Directions for research are proposed for the example of historic preservation.

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