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Dwelling&Building

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Hacienda in Texas
 
by Michael Mehaffy
 
(Photo by Michael Mehaffy)

Dwelling and Building 

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Hacienda in Texas
 
by Michael Mehaffy

"Whereas the Old English and High German word 'ban', to build, means to dwell, the Greek word 'oekodomeo', "to build", derives from 'oekos', meaning house or dwelling, and the root of the verb 'demo', meaning to tie and put together, to construct." 

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South Side of Camp Roig de Dalt, Ibiza (1996-1997)
 
by Philippe Rotthier
 
(Photo by Philippe de Gobert)
 
"Arquitecturas - Ibiza"
(A.A.M. Editions Bruxelles)

What is so significant about this? Fundamentally that the Greek word 'oekodomeo' distinguishes between the act of dwelling (as in 'oekos'), and the act of constructing a dwelling.
 
In fact this sense of putting together and constructing of the Greek 'demo'  is so strong that it gives rise to an alternative word for house, namely 'domos'.
 
Thus in Greek there are two words for house: 'Oekos' from the verb 'oeko', to dwell, which stresses the sense of house as dwelling, and 'domos', from the verb 'demo', to construct, which highlights the sense of house as a constructed entity." 
 
 
Demetri Porphyrios
 
"Classical Architecture"
 
(Andreas Papadakis Publisher)  

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Ca na Pas, Sant Josep, Ibiza (1989-1990)
 
by Philippe Rotthier
 
(Photo by Dominique Delaunay 1990)
 
"Arquitecturas - Ibiza"
(A.A.M. Editions Bruxelles)