The research was broken into four areas, and maps show these areas with cultural
facts. A map also shows Zambia's relation to the rest of Sub-Saharan Africa.
In a village, numerous variations of a few basic structures exist. Seven common
types beside the main house are analyized. The most important structure is the
insaka- the center of activity in a homestead.
The main house is the prominent building in a family's homestead. There exists
four major variances in shape. This chapter also explores the similarities in
This chapter goes into depth on how these structures are built. Different techniques
and materials are used to accomplish a built structure.
Zambians are very creative with limited resources. Many structures are decorated
with paintings, construction techniques, and nature. Simple structures are enhanced
which shows a care for the home.
Traditional architecture in Zambia has gone through various changes. Two major
influences in the past years have been the missionaries and colonial.
TOPICS: This chapter covers topics that are unique and do not fall under any
catagory. Unique topics include: stilt homes, homesteads on islands and fishing
APPLICATIONS: This project has a goal of mixing traditional techniques and styles
with modern materials to create "a Zambian style". Four projects have
been designed to show the capability and beauty of vernacular architecture.
SPACES: The use of space outside of the main structures is well used and upkept
as a working and social area. Many things can be done with nature to enhance
Why is is this project important? What is happening to traditional architecture
in Zambia? How did this project evolve? This chapter introduces you into the
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