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Reinventing an Urban Vernacular
Developing Sustainable Housing Prototypes for Cities Based on Traditional Strategies

ISBN 9781138682528
Published March 13, 2017 by Routledge
274 Pages

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Book Description

With increasing population and its associated demand on our limited resources, we need to rethink our current strategies for construction of multifamily buildings in urban areas. Reinventing an Urban Vernacular addresses these new demands for smaller and more efficient housing units adapted to local climate.

In order to find solutions and to promote better urban communities with an overall environmentally responsible lifestyle, this book examines a wide variety of vernacular building precedents, as they relate to the unique characteristics and demands of six distinctly different regions of the United States. Terry Moor addresses the unique landscape, climate, physical, and social development by analyzing vernacular precedents, and proposing new suggestions for modern needs and expectations.

Written for students and architects, planners, and urban designers, Reinventing an Urban Vernacular marries the urban vernacular with ongoing sustainability efforts to produce a unique solution to the housing needs of the changing urban environment.

Table of Contents


CHAPTER 1: Addressing the Future of the Evolving American City

CHAPTER 2: Employing Vernacular Solutions to Future Urban Housing

CHAPTER 3: The Northeast: New England and Mid-Atlantic Coasts

CHAPTER 4: The Midwest: Eastern Prairies & Northern Woodlands

CHAPTER 5: The South: Coastal Plains and Interior Uplands

CHAPTER 6: The Great Plains: Western Prairies

CHAPTER 7: The West: Deserts and High Plains

CHAPTER 8: The Pacific Northwest: Marine Forest

CHAPTER 9: Building a Sustainable Future Based on Vernacular Principles


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Terry M. Moor obtained a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Texas and a Masters in Studio Arts from Harvard University. He served in the Peace Corps in Tunisia for two years. Upon returning to the U.S., he established his own architectural firm near Boston, and taught and served as department head and dean in the Department of Architecture at Wentworth Institute of Technology before retiring.