The SAGE Handbook of Architectural Theory documents and builds upon some of the most innovative developments in architectural theory over the last two decades. Bringing into dialogue a range of geographically, institutionally and historically competing positions, the book examines and explores parallel debates in related fields. The book is divided into eight sections. Creating openings for future lines of inquiry and establishing the basis for new directions for education, research and practice, the book organizes itself around specific case studies to provide a critical, interpretive and speculative enquiry into the relevant debates in architectural theory. A methodical, authoritative and comprehensive addition to the literature, the Handbook is suitable for academics, researchers and practitioners in architecture, urban geography, cultural studies, sociology and geography.
Chapter 19: Concepts of Vernacular Architecture
Concepts of Vernacular Architecture
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 ...