Sustainability in Vernacular Architecture Architecture without Architects
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Sustainability in Vernacular Architecture Architecture without Architects
Sustainability in Vernacular Architecture Architecture without Architects
Sustainability in Vernacular Architecture Architecture without Architects
Sustainability in Vernacular Architecture Architecture without Architects

Sustainability in Vernacular Architecture Architecture without Architects

The seminar is dedicated to sustainability in vernacular architecture. The first part focuses on the analysis of sustainability by using historical vernacular examples from the whole world, and the ways in which sustainable architecture has been achieved as a segment of traditional building. The second part shows some contemporary examples that have successfully applied these lessons, combining them with the contemporary expression characteristic of the time in which they were built.
Troglodyte settlements, the architecture of Dogon, granaries in Galicia, the air-conditioning towers of western Pakistan – these are all examples of sustainable building in vernacular architecture, the so-called architecture without architects, as B. Rudofsky has termed it. Sustainability manifests in the rational use of the terrain, achieving better isolation by burying houses into the ground, avoiding vermin by raising the house from the ground, or using wind to achieve comfortable living, as well as the choice of local materials and the right orientation with respect to sunshine or wind.
A good contemporary example is the architecture of Glenn Murcutt, who always situates his houses into the landscape with precision, designing them so as to relate to their environment as efficiently as possible, thereby respecting traditional architecture. This result in buildings that are aesthetical in their fine tectonics combined with aboriginal elements.
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