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This map links to key areas of The listed pages link to more specific contents, which are distributed along 8880 pages in total, as of November 11, 2013.

Please click here (or scroll down) for a description about each of these pages.









Web site

    This section of the site deals with data, as opposed to knowledge or ideas produced in relation to those data. The database came from merging together five separate databases, one of countries, one of groups, one of architectural types, one of architectural models, and one of images.

You can browse the database in two different ways. The first one is by cultural-geographic areas, and goes from general to specific content levels. You may begin by navigating a continent and then choosing a country in that continent. Then you can choose a group in that country, then a type built by that group, a model of that type, and finally an image of that model.

List of African countries, with links to each country page and its groups list, as well as an excerpt from the country's description (when this has been posted).

Same as above, in this case for countries of the Americas: North, Central and South America, and the Caribbean.

Same for Asian countries, including the Middle East.

Same for Europe.

Same for Oceania, Australia included.

The second alternative is to browse the database by data type. Using this alternative you will have a more general idea about the database contents, because you will be browsing from list to list (as opposed to browsing from one specific content page to another).

List of countries, organized alphabetically.

List of groups, organized according to the most recently edited one.

Architectural types list, organized by most recently added type.

Architectural models list, organized by most recently added model.

List of images, organized also by most recently added image.

    The "knowledge" area of the Web site combines different sources of information on traditional and vernacular architectures, with the aim of providing a general idea about this topic. These sources are: academic-style articles (which include book summaries), personal notes and observations, specific definitions, a FAQ area, a specialized search page, and also a link to the Spanish version of the Web site. Aditionally, I expect to re-launch the "news" area of the site in the near future. The knowledge area is separated into two sub-areas, which are "content" and "essentials."

This area provides in-depth information on the topic of traditional and vernacular architectures, in the form of articles, books excerpts and summaries, as well as personal reflections on this topic.

This is the link to the "news" section, which was very active at the beginning of the project in 2004 but was taken down given that I couldn't keep up with doing a daily review and posting of news. This is a very important section and I am currently looking for somebody to administer it.

This section includes articles I have written, as well as articles I have been authorized to publish by the authors or copyright holders. It also includes classic book excerpts.

This is a sub-set of the articles section that compiles summaries of classic books on this topic. I think this sub-section is very relevant for visitors who are being introduced to this field.

This is the "personal" area of the Web site (call it "the blog"). It includes personal stories (the few ones I feel comfortable sharing), but it is mostly for personal reflections on the issues this site is devoted to exploring. This section also provides a log of technical and content updates to the project.

Ethnoarch is a bilingual project. This is a link to the Spanish version of the site. Some of the contents of are a translation of those in English (or vice versa, depending on what language they were originally written in). Some of them however have been specifically written for Spanish-speaking visitors. You can access those contents from this link.

These are more specific pieces of information, centered on explaining the basic concepts in relation to this topic. Aditionally, the concepts explained here should be helpful for a better understanding not only of the topic, but also of my own perspective on that topic.

As it is explained at the beginning of the "glossary" page, this is an in-progress, quick reference to important concepts in the discussion of traditional and vernacular architectures. Some of the definitions here come from the own words of authors who have theorized or reflected on these concepts, and are conveniently quoted and referenced. The remaining definitions are crude notes, quickly written in order to make this first version of the glossary a minimally useful tool.

One of the most common queries that bring visitors to is that of "what is vernacular architecture?" In response to this and not wanting to disappoint those visitors, I have written a number of alternative definitions, which are linked to from this page.

As opposed to "vernacular architecture," not so many people seem to come to the site asking, "what is ethnoarchitecture?" However, I find it necessary to also provide a definition of this term, especially because I want to explain what do I mean when I use a term that some people might find controversial. This is a document in progress.

This is the page of frequently asked questions about I think it is worth looking at it, as a quick reference about this project's origin, purpose and more.

This link goes to Ethnoarch's specialized search form. Searching is an alternative to browsing via these navigational links, and it is certainly the way to go whenever you are in a rush (and we always are). The site offers two searching alternatives, Google and this one, which allows specific queries by section (i.e. searching only types, models, groups, etc).

    The links in this area relate to the site itself, as opposed to the links in the two preceding areas (database and content), which relate to the topic instead. The first sub-area of navigation here includes links for members' activity, and the other has specific information about this project.

These are the links for members to set up their preferences, and to access the participatory areas of the Web site.

This page offers several options for visitors to contribute with their own knowledge to the development of the ethnoarchitecture database.

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This link takes you to the member login form. It is necessary to be a logged in member in order to publish, comment, post forum topics and use any other participatory resource of the Web site.

This is the link to the member registration form. Registering is free and it is actually pretty easy...

In this page you can modify your membership preferences, including your user name and password, personal profile, photo, signature, and other settings.

The project forum, which is open to all registered members but can also be read by anybody.

Web site
These are the links with information about

This is a link to the project's home page.

This is a page with selected links to other pages of the project that help explaining it. The page actually includes some of the links in this list.

Here is the contact form, in case you want to get in touch about this project.

These are the terms and conditions to use

Finally, these are the steps the Web site takes in order to protect the rights to privacy and publicity of both visitors and persons who appear in some of the database photographs.

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