The Newa Architecture & building technology: Indigenous knowledge for earthquake resistance
Indigenous building culture anywhere develops without the benefit of processed knowledge. In such a situation, locally available building materials and the site geology initially influence the development of building technology and forms. Building cultures develop over time and over failures and successes of earlier attempts. The process of development of architecture in indigenous societies, also, shows precedence of response to socio-cultural and religious demands. Technological and material knowledge and skill seem to develop to match these demands as they sought permanency of construction to
satisfactory levels. Some societies, conditioned by their understanding of the material universe, have also sought ‘perishability’ as a requirement of building.