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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.
Traditional architecture in the era of the Web 2.0. An Internet database of traditional buildings.
January 26, 2007
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Two contrasting (or complementary?)
structures near Bangkok's Chinatown.
Abstract of's official introduction at the Tenth Conference of IASTE in Bangkok.
An excerpt: This paper introduces and further discusses an initiative to use tools common to what is called "Web 2.0"—those known as weblogs, wikis, commenting, tagging and others—in order to compile, in a participatory way, information on traditional architecture that is either scattered online, published in hard-to-access printed sources, or remains unpublished. The database, available at, is designed to be expanded by the users and freely accessible by researchers, the general public and communities it compiles data about. Read this article
An Ethno-architecture Glossary
December 3, 2006
This is a document in progress. It intends to be a quick reference to important concepts in the discussion of traditional architectures. Some of the definitions here come from the own words of authors who have theorized or reflected on the concepts, and are properly quoted and referenced. The remaining definitions are crude notes, quickly written in order to make this first version of the glossary minimally useful. In most cases the definitions found in this document are not the conventional dictionary ones, but they are critical reinterpretations or re-definitions of common terms or conventional concepts. These re-definitions are very relevant today in the discourse of traditional architectures. Read this article
What is Ethnoarchitecture? ("Stub")
December 3, 2006
This is a "stub," a place maker for a definition of Ethnoarchitecture that is in the works. Read this article
“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
What is Vernacular Architecture?
May 29, 2006
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An early 1900s vernacular landscape in Papua New Guinea.
This definition of the rather open concept "vernacular architecture" places it in the context of other theoretical ideas (such as "ethnoarchitecture"), and includes a historical note about the origin and development of the concept. Additionally, it reflects on the reasons behind the current interest in this area of architectural theory. In doing that, it touches on certain issues that vernacular architectural theory has yet to definitely embrace, such as issues of ethnicity and global politics. Read this article
What is Vernacular Architecture? (Summary)
January 10, 2006
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An alcove-sheltered Chaco house.
A short, two-paragraph definition of vernacular architecture, for a quick reference. This definition emphasizes on vernacular architecture as something that evolves over time and changes from building to building, rather than as a static activity, as it is frequently presented.
An excerpt: The term vernacular architecture refers to those buildings made by common builders in an informal way, rather than by architects using design methodologies. Although it was used for the first time in the early nineteenth century, the concept only became popular in the mid-twentieth century, when dwellings were presented in architects' exhibitions as objects of aesthetic value, and in books as elements of cultural interest. 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 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, the article was published on and as a forum posting on Read this article
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