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Vernacular Architecture in the 21st Century

Theory, Education and Practice, 1st Edition

Edited by Lindsay Asquith, Marcel Vellinga

Taylor & Francis

294 pages

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The issues surrounding the function and meaning of vernacular architecture in the twenty-first century are complex and extensive. Taking a distinctively rigorous theoretical approach, this book considers these issues from a number of perspectives, broadening current debate to a wider multidisciplinary audience. These collected essays from the leading experts in the field focus on theory, education and practice in this essential sector of architecture, and help to formulate solutions to the environmental, disaster management and housing challenges facing the global community today.


'A book with a mission … the editor's pool of contributers include some of the most prominent writers … It is both an edited collection of analytical essays and a rallying cry for vernacular architectural studies.' - The Journal of Architecture

'The numerous diverse opinions set out in this volume give the reader an excellent survey of the advantages and the problems of vernacular architecture, and the empoyment of good vernacular practice could evidently be a big help to construction in developing countries.' – Architectural Science Review

Table of Contents

Foreword Nezar AlSayyad Introduction Lindsay Asquith and Marcel Vellinga Part 1: The Vernacular as Process 1. Building tradition: Control and authority in vernacular architecture Simon J. Bronner 2. Endorsing indigenous knowledge: The role of masons and apprenticeship in sustaining vernacular architecture – the case of Djenne Trevor H.J. Marchand 3. Forms and meanings of mobility: The dwellings and settlements of sedentarised Irish Travellers Anna Hoare 4. Engaging the future: Vernacular architecture studies in the twenty-first century Marcel Vellinga Part 2: Learning From the Vernacular 5. Traditionalism and vernacular architecture in the twenty-first century Suha Özkan 6. Learning from the vernacular: basic principles for sustaining human habitats Roderick J. Lawrence 7. Lessons from the vernacular: integrated approaches and new methods for housing research Lindsay Asquith 8. Sheltering from extreme hazards Ian Davis 9. A journey through space: cultural diversity in urban planning Geoffrey Payne Part 3: Understanding the Vernacular 10. Vernacular design as a model system Amos Rapoport 11. ‘Generative concepts’ in vernacular architecture Ronald Lewcock 12. The future of the vernacular: towards new methodologies for the understanding and optimisation of the performance of vernacular buildings Isaac A. Meir and Susan C. Roaf 13. Architectural education and vernacular building Howard Davis 14. Educating architects to become culturally sensitive Rosemary Latter Afterword Paul Oliver

About the Editors

Lindsay Asquith worked with Paul Oliver on the compilation of the Encyclopedia of Vernacular Architecture of the World (1997) and subsequently as a Research Associate in the Department of Architecture at Oxford Brookes University. She completed her PhD in 2003 and now works as an Architectural Design Consultant in the housing sector.

Marcel Vellinga is a Research Fellow in the Department of Architecture at Oxford Brookes University, England. He is the author of Constituting Unity and Difference: Vernacular Architecture in a Minangkabau Village (2004) and of various articles dealing with the anthropology of architecture in Indonesia. He is currently co-editing, with Paul Oliver, the Atlas of Vernacular Architecture of the World.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ARCHITECTURE / Urban & Land Use Planning
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Environmental / General