History Of Vernacular Architecture

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Chapter 1: INTRODUCTION Vernacular!!! What do we mean by vernacular? It is the commonly spoken language or dialect of particular people or place. Vernacular is something which is local or native to a group of people or a certain demographic region. Art of vernacular comes from experience and with experience comes knowledge and their transmission to future generations – the Art, Knowledge, and Skills of Vernacular art. Vernacular architecture is the simplest form of addressing human needs. And with the increase in energy costs these days, the trend is being brought back which was long lost. In this time of rapid advancement, technological inventions and urbanization, there is still a lot to be learnt from the traditional knowledge of vernacular…show more content…
Liberalization of society, invasion of west culture and the globally accepted trends and ideas have made the traditions and vernacular lose its importance in the recent decades. However, now low availability of resources and higher building demands have led people to turn heads to old vernacular sustainable methods of construction. Also Lim & Beng (1998) state that in Asia some excellent buildings which draw on local vernacular traditions are becoming a trend – one in which the reconfiguration of indigenous design and the creation of hybrid forms reinvent traditions. Such works may have a filtering down effect and become important…show more content…
Edwards (2011) says vernacular architecture capitalizes on the native knowledge of how buildings can be effectively designed as well as how to take advantage of local materials and resources. Hasan Fathy in Egypt and Laurie Baker in India are known to be the most authentic/real vernacular architects of recent times. Change is inevitable and needs to be addressed in this particular form of architecture too, but that can happen only when one is aware of its existence i.e. it’s History. With the changing times came a lot of changes in architectural styles as well however what remained untouched was the vernacular style of building which is now hidden amidst the new contemporary buildings and landscapes (metaphor to concrete jungles) today. From, Romanesque – Gothic – Renaissance – Tudor – Mannerism – Baroque – Neoclassical – Art Noveaou – Modernism – Bauhaus – International Style – Post Modernism – Critical Regionalism – Contemporary

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