Architecture is a form of cultural production that evolves as a response to fundamental human needs and desires and to the economic, social, and political circumstances that triangulate broader culture. If in mapping our understanding of the location and nature of Caribbean architecture our purpose is critical clarity, we may wish to consider it not purely through the tired perspective history or style habitually used but as a dynamic component of Caribbean culture, an operation mediated and influenced by the individual, the local, and the global.

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