Vernacular architecture across the world


Once upon a time, architecture did not need architects. The construction was based on tradition and community knowledge rather than on the know-how of one unique specialist. The alpine chalet or a bamboo home from South-East Asia are just some examples of this “vernacular” architecture. Vernacular architecture evolves over time reflecting the characteristics of the local environment, climate, culture, natural materials, technology and the experience of centuries of community building.

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This collection grows week by week. It is part of the larger natural homes archive. If you would like to include some of these pictures in your blog you can get the code from the natural building page. If you know of a vernacular architecture that we have not yet included please write to us.


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