Cycladic settlements of the Aegean Sea: a blending of local and foreign influences

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Traditional urban dwelling patterns and architecture in the Cycladic islands are a result of long-term cultural and historical processes. The vernacular built environment was created through the interaction of customary rules and formal laws concerning land ownership rights, the use of and access to property, and standards for new buildings. This paper explores the way in which Cycladic architecture developed. Crucial factors include the vulnerability of the islands due to their small size and natural harbours, sporadic invasions by pirates, and long-term occupation by non-indigenous governments. Resisting this, local populations continued with their own priorities through customary rules and habits related to land and buildings.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02665430802320961

Affiliations: Department of Architecture, Technical University of Crete, 731 00 Chania, Greece

Publication date: October 1, 2008

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