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A Hopi House Design Guideline: Incorporating Culture into the Design.

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Title:A Hopi House Design Guideline: Incorporating Culture into the Design.
Authors:Laban, BriAnn J.
Contributors:Architecture (department)
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Date Issued:May 2018
Publisher:University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Abstract:The Hopi and Tewa community lives in two worlds. One world is the Hopi and
Tewa lifestyle that is strongly connected to the culture. The other world is the Western
lifestyle with modern conveniences that many Hopi and Tewa members have grown
accustomed to. These two worlds are split within the modern Hopi housing which results
in split living. Many Hopi and Tewa members are still strongly connected to the culture
but cultural practice and the passing of cultural knowledge is becoming less practiced in
the homes. The problem is that current Hopi housing does not reflect the Hopi and Tewa
cultural needs. Today there are many tools that aid in implementing Western cultural
values into the home. There are home magazines, Pinterest, how-to guides, multiple T.V.
shows, and Western-trained architects who continue to disconnect the Hopi and Tewa
people from their houses. These tools do not incorporate the Hopi and Tewa worldview
because the world of architecture continues to move towards the beauty of simplicity.
Unfortunately, this creates a struggle of implementing cultural perspective into the house
design. Therefore, the need to create a guideline that actively incorporates the Hopi
culture will aid in the conscious effort in bringing culture back into the Hopi home.
Implementing the Hopi culture into the house design will not only enhance the cultural
connection but it will also bring balance between the two worlds that the Hopi and Tewa
community lives in.
Description:D.Arch. Thesis. University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa 2018.
Rights:All UHM dissertations and theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission from the copyright owner.
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