The first world atlas ever compiled on vernacular architecture, this comprehensive work illustrates the variety and ingenuity of the world’s vernacular building traditions from a multi-disciplinary, cross-cultural and comparative approach, using over sixty world and regional maps.
Mapping such diverse aspects as materials and resources, technologies, structural systems, symbolism, forms and service systems on a cross-cultural and comparative basis, the Atlas of Vernacular Architecture of the World reveals the distribution, diversity and relationships of the world’s vernacular building traditions. Indicating geographical patterns, developments, lacunae and anomalies, it gives rise to new insights and understandings, stimulating new hypotheses, questions and research efforts.
Augmenting the award-winning Encyclopedia of Vernacular Architecture of the World, the Atlas of Vernacular Architecture of the World constitutes a unique and unparalleled resource for anyone involved in the growing field of vernacular architecture studies, including architects, geographers, art historians, planners, folklorists, conservationists, builders, and anthropologists as well as being of use to all those working in the fields of heritage conservation, architecture, regeneration, energy efficient building, resources management, development and sustainability.
'The AVAW is an enthralling read, even if your knowledge of the subject is limited' – ReferenceReviews
"A wonderful addition to the interdisciplinary field of vernacular architecture studies… [it] effectively brings to light interesting relationships and geographic patterns while highlighting gaps in our knowledge and generating new potential questions worth investigation within the field.” – Spacing Vancouver
Introduction Part 1: Contexts 1. Nations 2. Topography 3. Water 4. Climate 5. Vegetation 6. Soils 7. Economy 8. Population 9. Language 10. Religion 11. Cultural Areas Part 2: Cultural and Material Aspects 12. Materials and Resources 13. Structural Systems and Technologies 14. Forms, Plans and Types 15. Services and Functions 16. Symbolism and Decoration 17. Development and Sustainability