Jens Wietschorke

Architecture in Cultural Analysis

State and Perspectives of Research


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The article brings together various theoretical approaches and research strategies of cultural-science based architectural research and provides a compact overview of this field. Three basic ways of access are distinguished: the symptomatic, the praxeological and the ethnographic analysis, even though they can merge into each other. Based on an example from my own research – of the Votive Church (Votivkirche) in the ninth district of Vienna – it is argued that a cultural analysis of architecture needs to combine the aforementioned ways of access in order to arrive at a comprehensive understanding of the built space and its importance for everyday practices.

architecture, dwelling, theory of space, praxeology, material culture

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Wietschorke J. (2017). Architektur in der Kulturanalyse: Stand und Perspektiven der Forschung. Zeitschrift für Volkskunde, 113(2), 241-267.