Vernacular Architecture — 3 Comments

  1. Architect-designed structures and vernacular buildings each have their own merits. An architect’s buildings will (hopefully) be better built, cost more, last longer and perhaps be hailed in a local magazine. Vernacular buildings on the other hand are easily and inexpensively built, are infinitely customizable, are easy to build on to and are easy to repair over the years. Stewart Brand in his book “How Buildings Learn” calls these different routes to shelter “high road” and “low road” and has excellent criticisms of each. A vernacular home can be kept in repair for generations, but when abandoned will eventually melt apart and return to the earth like the Iron Age roundhouse in your photo (which in itself can be considered a virtue by the eco-minded).

    Nice blog! I’m glad I came upon it.

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