A Study of Methods, Instruments, and Evaluating Architectural Identities Leading to the Development of Modern Bamboo Architectural Identities in Thailand

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Rutchanoophan Kumsingsree
Supreedee Rittironk


Linking the concepts of identity and architecture identity to modern bamboo architecture still retains significant educational gaps about many issues. This article focuses on methods, instruments, and evaluations used in studying architectural identity, leading to the development of modern bamboo architecture identity. An information system search using the keywords “Architecture Identity” from 2007 to 2020 turned up 52 relevant research articles, each with different theories, methods, instruments, and evaluations. Results included: 1) architectural typology and style mostly found in ethnic houses were vernacular architecture; 2) the study of architectural identity as part of district or community identity was researched more than other groups; and 3) physical surveying of physical architecture, interviewing, and asking relevant persons were used in the methodology. The study of modern bamboo architectural identity is specific to many dimensions, not just physical appearance denotation such as construction technology level, structural complexity, joint type, shape, usage, and bamboo species. There is also the abstract dimension, including symbolic or other influences. Connotative meanings include beliefs, wisdom, values, and culture in construction. These variables make the study of bamboo architecture unique, affecting the consideration of appropriate methodology, especially pilot surveying and interviewing relevant parties. This is a preliminary method for obtaining operational and qualitative variables to make indicators of this study of bamboo architecture identity in Thailand more specific.


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