Sunday, 7 November 2010

Traditional / Vernacular Architecture

Vernacular architecture is a term used to categorise methods of construction which use locally available resources and traditions to address local needs and circumstances. / Wikipedia.

I believe local materials, traditions and techniques are important. I am cycling through Africa to understand the life, culture and dedication these people make to their built environment. It is important to look at these roots as they live off the land. This architecture has been adapted to their needs and has been through the test of time.

As I cycled from Cairo city centre following the Nile down to Aswan I saw many examples of vernacular architecture. Buildings are made of;

  • Straw / mud brick houses

  • Circular manure straw discs

  • Long vertical stalks of plant tied

  • Stone houses with circular vaults

  • Layers of palm tree leaves tied

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