Architectural Developments in Sungai Tenang, 1902-2013

Znoj, Heinzpeter (2013). Architectural Developments in Sungai Tenang, 1902-2013. In: Proceeding. The First International Conference On Jambi Studies. History, Art and Culture, Religion and Social Change (pp. 63-103). Jambi: International Conference on Jambi Studies

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This paper treats the architectural developments in Sungai Tenang since the occupation by the Netherland's Indies in 1902 until the present. During this time great changes have occurred, among them the virtual disappearance of the traditional houses with carved planks. At the same time, much of the architectural developments can be described as the evolution of a still basically Austronesian house structure. Both these changes and the continuities merit close scrutiny, since they together reflect the persistence of the house as a powerful symbolic form that is capable of expressing changing social structures and cultural values. Up to the present, architecture in Sungai Tenang, in spite of its often modern outward appearance, is still by and large vernacular in the sense that its constructive means, its symbolic forms and its uses are firmly rooted in local traditions.

Item Type:

Book Section (Book Chapter)


06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Art and Cultural Studies > Institute of Social Anthropology

UniBE Contributor:

Znoj, Heinzpeter


300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology




International Conference on Jambi Studies




Heinzpeter Znoj

Date Deposited:

11 Apr 2014 15:45

Last Modified:

11 Aug 2021 12:03

Uncontrolled Keywords:

vernacular architecture, Indonesia, Jambi, Sumatra, Sungai Tenang, social anthropology, history




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