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Concepts of Vernacular Architecture
Concepts of vernacular architecture
RobertBrown and DanielMaudlin

For most people the term ‘vernacular architecture’ means buildings such as English thatched cottages and clapboarded New England salt-boxes, mud huts in Africa, or the tin and concrete-block ziggurats of the Brazilian favela: things from the rural past and things from foreign places that are associated with the identity of the people who built and live, or lived, in them. In addition, for some, the vernacular may also call to mind the work of contemporary architects whose buildings are in the style of a certain region. These popular perceptions broadly mirror those distinctions between architecture and buildings held by architects and architectural historians for whom, typically, vernacular architecture has been categorized as the study of ‘traditional ...

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