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  Tuesday, 26 July 2016, 1:18:55 am  
 
What is vernacular architecture? A short definition, and a long(er) one.
 
 
"Ethnoarch Presents" features articles on the topic of traditional, vernacular and ethno architectures.
“House Form and Culture.” A book by Amos Rapoport.
August 20, 2006
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Title page of the book.
This is a précis of the 1969 pivotal work considered to be the first one in exploring why there is formal diversity in the world's house structures. In his book, Rapoport responds to the common assumption that the formal diversity depends on physical constrains such as climate, technological constraints or topography. For him, such diversity is the consequence of a more complex web of factors, out of which a cultural one, freedom of choice is the most determinant one.
With this article, Ethnoarch begins the publication of précis or summaries, in the aim of building within the site an online annotated bibliography of the most prominent theories on traditional architectures. Read this article
“Architecture Without Architects:” 40 Years Now…
November 9, 2004
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A vernacular type: Hopi house.
This day it's been 40 years since Bernard Rudofsky's exhibition "Architecture Without Architects," which opened at the MOMA in 1964. This article proposes a re-reading of the still influential exhibition. To Rudofsky's assertion "Vernacular architecture is nearly immutable," this article contends that vernacular architecture not only changes but changes often. With this article the English version of Ethnoarchitecture.com launches. Launching it exactly forty years after the day the exhibition opened is a manifesto on the main interest of this Web site, which is presenting the vernacular as a living, dynamic phenomenon.
Simultaneously with Ethnoarchitecture.com, the article was published on Archinect.com and as a forum posting on DesignCommunity.com. Read this article
 
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