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Traditional Sri Lankan houses
Hello,
I am a PhD student and I will start research on G. Bawa. But first I need plans of traditional houses in Sri Lanka to evaluate the architecture of Sri Lanka. But it is so hard to find any information.

Could anybody help me?
Emine Koseoglu
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Traditional Sri Lankan houses
I think it will be easier if you check out any good library or even google the net. His works are well documented and publicized.

All the best.
Kiran Aryan
Traditional Sri Lankan houses
Hello there,

I am sure you would have thought of visiting the place. There are people from Sri Lanka in the forum (in the members profiles, so if you could contact them and identify an architect who is working on vernacular style, you could spend a few months/weeks with the firm.

I am not aware of the time frame of the PhD, but this is definitely going to be a bit expensive. Sri Lanka is definitely not an expensive place to live in!

All the best.
Kiran Aryan
Traditional Sri Lankan houses
Dear Kiran,

Thank you very much for your answer. And you're right that there are lots of documents about Bawa. But I emphasize again that I need information about traditional Sri Lankan Houses.

I'm still waiting for help...

Yours sincerely,

Emine
Emine Koseoglu
Traditional Sri Lankan houses
Dear Kiran,

Thanks for your answer, I have not enough time to go to Sri Lanka. I am going on scanning the libraries actually, I am writing here to fasten the process to find the documents.

All the best,

Emine
Emine Koseoglu
Traditional Sri Lankan houses
Dear Emine,

You may try to get a hold of the following book:

    Lewcock, Ronald B. The architecture of an island: The living legacy of Sri Lanka, a thousand years of architecture illustrated by outstanding examples of religious, public, and domestic buildings. Colombo: Barefoot (Pvt.) Ltd., 1998.
I did not see any copies in the obvious online sources (Amazon, Alibris, AbeBooks, etc.) but found a copy on the Viator Publications website.

The Architecture and Design (A+D or "A Journal of Indian architecture" appears to have dedicated its March 1990 issue to "Architecture Sri Lanka," with articles by Ashok Lall, Rajiv Wanasundara and Anjalendran C. Wanasundara. Based on the Avery Database record, there's some information in there on vernacular architecture as well as Sri Lankan architecture of the 1980s. That's the 1990 Mar.-Apr., v.7, no.2. It's apparently published by S.K. Bhayana for Media Transasia (I) Pvt. Ltd in Bombay.

Also, I wanted to make sure that you saw the Sri Lanka section of the Publications in the ArchNet Digital Library at: http://archnet.org/library/documents/documents.jsp?country=lk

Kolay gelsin,
Basak

Ozgur Basak Alkan
Traditional Sri Lankan houses
Sevgili Ozgür,
Herşeyden önce ilgin için çok teşekkürler. Türkçe yazmamın bir sakıncası yoktur umarım. The architecture of an island, isimli kitaba rastlamıştım, ancak dediğin gibi amazonda kopyası yoktu ve Viator Publications isimli web sitesini bilmiyordum. bu çok iyi oldu. Archnet'in dijital kütüphanesini çoktan taradım, Sri lanka ile ilgili tüm dökümanlara baktım, oradaki kaynaklar da bizim için yaralı olacak,ancak bulmayı hedeflediğimiz bilginin tamamı yoktu. Herşey için tekrar teşekkürler, ve kötü İngilizcem için kusura bakmayın:). Ve son birşey daha sormak istiyorum, sitede Sri Lanka'dan insanlar var, onların e-maillerine ulaşabiliyor muyuz? tek tek irtibata geçmek istiyorum,

Saygılar,
Emine


Editor's translation:

Dear Ozgur,
Thank you for your interest. I knew about "Architecture of an Island" but -- as you said -- there was no copy on Amazon, so it's great that you told me about the Viator Publications website. I have already browsed through the Sri Lanka documents in the ArchNet Digital Library and they were helpful, but we did not find all that we were looking for. Thank you, again, for your response. And I want to ask one last thing; I see that ArchNet has members from Sri Lanka, can we access their e-mails? I'd like to contact them in person.
Yours, Emine

Emine Koseoglu
Traditional Sri Lankan houses
Dear Emine,

I'll write in English because that's the language of the forum (and others can see the debate and respond as well).

Here's the list of members from Sri Lanka. I know that the e-mails in profiles are blocked across the broad to prevent spammer activity. You can choose the persons you want to contact and e-mail a letter addressed to them to archnet@mit.edu (and the website administrator will forward your e-mail.)
Ozgur Basak Alkan
Traditional Sri Lankan houses
Dear Emine,

Have you checked with the "Encyclopedia of Vernacular Architecture of the World," (ed. Paul Oliver), Cambridge University Press, 1997?

If there is little there, check the references, or Paul's other books. Also check with the RIBA Library - as well as the IASTE papers at Berkeley University.

Good luck,
Terje Bodoegaard
Terje Bodoegaard
Traditional Sri Lankan houses
Thank you Basak,

I will soon write ArchNet to contact with the people from Sri Lanka.

And dear Terje,

Thank you very much for your response, "Encyclopedia of Vernacular Architecture of the World," looks as a valuable source. And I searched about Paul Oliver; he has beautiful books.

Thank you everyone, now I know lots of things about the history and architecture of Sri Lanka. It is a really interesting country especially with its history. And I can now see that Sri Lankan traditional architecture is somehow a mixture of various colonial periods.

Still the last thing I have to find is the original plans of at least 6-7 traditional houses.

With regards,
Emine
Emine Koseoglu
Traditional Sri Lankan houses
Dear Emine,

I imagine that the Lewcock book will have plans. If you haven't been able to obtain it, I could check out the book and scan you a few plans for your research project. Let me know.

Best,
Basak
Ozgur Basak Alkan
Traditional Sri Lankan houses
Dear Basak,

Actually I do not know if Mr. Lewcock's book has plans, because I do not have a if I buy it. I had scanned MIT's library and saw it there. I would definitely appreciate it if you do this favour for me. Again, I even do not know what is there in it.

I know it is too much, but there is another book in MIT's library on British period architecture in Sri Lanka by Lakshman Alwis, Rohan C. Aluwihare, Dayapriya B. Navaratne. Could you also scan through for plans?

With regards,
Emine Koseoglu
Traditional Sri Lankan houses
Hi Emine,

The second book that you listed only contains photographs and some plans of British colonial buildings in Sri Lanka --courts, railways stations, etc.

As for the Lewcock book, it outlines (among other things) five different types of vernacular buildings (Sinhalese --village forms vs. courtyard forms; Buddhist monk houses, Hindu vernacular domestic buildings, Moslem vernacular domestic buildings.) Each building type is illustrated with several examples, in drawing, photograph, plan and sometimes section/elevation. There are two other chapters of 'secular vernacular' buildings that are not residences. It goes on from there to discuss Buddhist and Hindu Temples, Mosques; Portuegese, Dutch and British colonial architectures (and their influences) and 19th c. Catholic tradition.

I think you should try to order this book, Emine, especially if you are doing a PhD thesis on it. I'd be happy to scan three-four plans for you from it, but then you'd be missing out big time. It's 336 pages and also has a useful bibliography at the back.
Ozgur Basak Alkan
Traditional Sri Lankan houses
Hi Basak,

I think the same thing. I can see from your words that there is so much information and I really should order it. I thank you very much for acquainting me with the inside of the books.

We have to send an abstract by the end of the September. So I think and hope that this book will increase our courage doing this research.

Thank you
Best
Emine
Emine Koseoglu
Traditional Sri Lankan houses
And note: Just to make you know;
It is not a PhD thesis. I am still at the level of taking lessons and haven't started my thesis yet. We are trying to prepare a paper for a symposium. I hope we will achieve...

Thanks
Gorusmek uzere
Emine
Emine Koseoglu
Traditional Sri Lankan houses
Merhaba Emine,

I'm glad you agree. Let me know if you have difficulty obtaining the book and I will see what I can do. I wonder if the YEM Bookstore in Elmadag/Istanbul will be able to order it in for you.

I understand that it takes a lot of courage to study something that is not local and easily available, and I appreciate your interest and determination.

Best of luck,
Basak
Ozgur Basak Alkan
Traditional Sri Lankan houses
Dear Basak,

I am so grateful for your support and I am very proud of your nice words.

I will try to order the book from Viator Publications. The delivery is made by ARAMEX which has a department in Istanbul.

Still in case of any problems, I will write you.

Many thanks,
Best,
Emine
Emine Koseoglu
Traditional Sri Lankan houses
hi im a sri lankan, recentrly completed my MSc in architecture. can u specifically tell me what u really need to know.
Imashi Opatha
Traditional Sri Lankan houses
Better read the book called "the architecture of an island" by lewcock, and senanayeke. it will help your studies.
Ajith Andagere
Traditional Sri Lankan houses
hi
contact me i have enough of them (measured drawings) my e mail is nishannawaratne@gmail.com
thanks
Nishan Nawaratne
Traditional Sri Lankan houses
Hello,I'm a final year architecture student and i'm doing my dissertation under the same topic. I'll be glad if someone can help me out with the cluster level plans of a traditional Srilankan village.
Kokila Gayashi Sooriyagoda
Traditional Sri Lankan houses
Hello everyone, just a thought... would the work of Geoffrey Bawa be representative of traditional Sri Lankan architecture? Or is his work a synthesis of both his own genius and an absorption of Sri Lankan culture?
Frank John Snelling
Traditional Sri Lankan houses
Hello frank, i agree with your 2nd statement. because as i think Srilankan traditional architecture is a very vast topic
Kokila Gayashi Sooriyagoda
Traditional Sri Lankan houses
Kokila, Thank you.

In passing, some years ago I was given a copy of a Sri Lankan Tamil alphabet which was written as a matrix instead of the more familiar linear Roman-based alphabet... a,b,c... etc. Now I know that there are two main languages and cultures in Sri Lanka (a) Sinhalese and (b) Tamil. So my question is, is it normal for Indian sub-continent languages to use a matrix alphabet? I ask because the logic of language is a factor in determining the culture of any language and therefore reality.

Similarly, do Indian Sub-continent languages "agglutinate"? In plain english, are words in Indian Sub-continent languages usually very long strings (made up of a root word and multiple suffixes and / or prefixes) making sentences in their own right?
Frank John Snelling
Traditional Sri Lankan houses
Sri Lanka has its own historical backgrounds which is worth of studying,
It has it's own language and alphabet.
Would like to mention the introduction in the book "Ceylon by Sir James Emerson Tennent"
quote..
There is no island in the world, Great Britain itself not excepted, that has attracted the attention of authors in so many distant ages and so many different countries as Ceylon. There is no nation in ancient or modern times possessed of a language and a literature, the writers of which have not at some time made it their theme. Its aspect, its religion, its antiquities, and productions, have been described as well by the classic Greeks, as by those of the Lower Empire, by the Romans; by the writers of China, Burma, India, and Kashmir; by the geographers of Arabia and Persia; be the mediaeval voyagers of Italy and France; by the annalists of Portugal and Spain; by the merchant adventures of Holland, and by the travelers and topphotographers of Great Britain.
Unquote....
Above book is freely available in Sri Lanka.

My question is from where we can buy the below two books?
1.Lewcock, Ronald B. The architecture of an island.
2."Encyclopedia of Vernacular Architecture of the World," (ed. Paul Oliver), Cambridge University Press, 199
2. "Encyclopedia of Vernacular Architecture of the World," (ed. Paul Oliver), Cambridge University Press, 1997.
Premalal Felix Perera
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