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11 Vernacular Building Techniques That Are Disappearing

11 Vernacular Building Techniques That Are Disappearing

20 February, 2017

By Ariana Zilliacus

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"Vernacular architecture can be said to be 'the architectural language of the people' with its ethnic, regional and local 'dialects,'" writes Paul Oliver, author of The Encyclopaedia of Vernacular Architecture of The World’.

Unfortunately, there has been a growing disregard for traditional architectural language around the world due to modern building technology quickly spreading a “loss of identity and cultural vibrancy” through what the Architectural Review recently described as “a global pandemic of generic buildings.” People have come to see steel, concrete and glass as architecture of high quality, whereas a lot of vernacular methods including adobe, reed or peat moss are often associated with underdevelopment. --- Ironically, these local methods are far more sustainable and contextually aware than much contemporary architecture seen today, despite ongoing talks and debates about the importance of sustainability. As a result of these trends, a tremendous amount of architectural and cultural knowledge is being lost.


1. Living Root Bridges, Meghalaya, India

2. Gurunsi, Burkina Faso

3. Beehive Houses of Harran, Turkey

4. Seaweed Roofs on Læsø, Denmark

5. Ma’dan Reed Houses, Iraq

6. Goahti, Arctic Region

7. Chibotte, France

8. Ab-anbar, Iran

9. Malay Houses, Malaysia and Singapore

10. Cliff of Bandiagara, Mali

11. Mugsum Mud Huts, Cameroon

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Is #10 a building technique, or a specific place?

Some of these are disappearing because there is no need for them. You don't need to live in a house made of mud, reeds, or grass because we have concrete. People can now have electricity in many places. Things like #6 and #7 are outdated. #7 looks like a burial chamber from 5,000 years ago, not a dwelling for the 21st century.
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