Conventionally, architecture as a design discipline has not engaged in scientific research. Architectural theory was left to the art historian, who bases his science on aesthetic principles and thus distinguishes 'high architecture' from mere buidlings. This sounds rather like a zoologist who would only care for beautiful animals. This fundamentally aesthetic philosophy prevented the scientific definition of what in fact falls within the field of competence of architectural theory. Object research was prejudiced in advance. Although, as human beings, architecture concerns us all today, no attempt has been made so far to define it scientifically in its anthropological dimensions. The present research describes architecture as a constructive continuum, that is to say as a new type of object culture running parallel to the whole of human cultural evolution. On this basis the theory of architecture and habitat, taken as 'macro-theory', provides us with new insights into the meaning of architecture, into the 'culture of dwelling'. At the same time it offers new suggestions for integrating many conventional 'micro-theories' of the humanities within a wider framework of constructive evolution and environmental organisation of space: man will then have built himself and his ideas of the world. Architectural anthropology should therefore be of interest to all disciplines of cultural research.

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