Vernacular architecture is the construction and building design of settlements that relate to their contexts and available resources. They are customarily owned or community built utilising traditional techniques.
The architecture focuses on meeting the specific needs accommodating the values, economies and ways of living of the cultures that produce them.
|Church in Ethiopia constructed using local materials|
|Chicken and food storage huts|
In the villages people young or old construct their own house themselves. While building, learning and teaching themselves off others people use the technologies that have adapted through time. These are often improved with green solutions to enhance and create beautiful sustainable buildings for the future. The people in the villages have low income yet save and buy solar panels as they understand the importance of using green energy. People see it is essential to care for the land and their environment. Solar panels do work extremely well in the tropical dry climate of East Africa.
• Finding quality materials sourced locally in a sustainable manner
• Reducing the cost of green solutions
• Spending time to research the use of simple construction techniques which can easily be passed onto the less knowledgeable or inexperienced people