Open Architecture: Inspirations from Indigenous Settlements

All open systems are based on recursion. Recursion is also a strong theme in African design; particularly in the case of architecture. We will briefly survey some examples of fractal structure in African architecture, discuss the role of recursive cultural concepts that underlie these fractals, and show its links to the move toward architecture that is more firmly grounded in social justice and sustainability.

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Ron Eglash is a cyberneticist, university professor and author with work in the area of ethno-mathematics, studying the various relationships between mathematics and culture. His research is based on the use of fractal patterns in African architecture, art, religion and relations between indigenous cultures and modern technology. Formed in cybernetics, he has a Ph.D. in History of Consciousness from the University of California.