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Saturday, January 9, 2010

Built to Meet Needs: Cultural Issues in Vernacular Architecture by Paul Oliver

book title: Built to Meet Needs: Cultural Issues in Vernacular Architecture
book topic: Vernacular, regional
author/editor: Paul Oliver
publisher: Architectural Press
published on: October 31, 2006
language: English
pages: 480
file size: 21.1 MB
ISBN-10: 0750666579
ISBN-13: 978-0750666572


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The study of vernacular architecture explores the characteristics of domestic buildings in particular regions or localities, and the many social and cultural factors that have contributed to their evolution. In this book, vernacular architecture specialist Paul Oliver brings together a wealth of information that spans over two decades, and the whole globe. Some previously unpublished papers, as well as those only available in hard to find conference proceedings, are brought together in one volume to form a fascinating reference for students and professional architects, as well as all those involved with planning housing schemes in their home countries and overseas.

* Draws together a fascinating collection of elusive essays from a leading author on vernacular architecture

* Includes research and case studies from all continents

* Covers a wide range of issues relating to vernacular architecture including economies, technologies, inherited skills, social and family structures, physical needs, belief systems and symbolism


Part I: Defining the field
1 Why study vernacular architecture? (1978)
2 The importance of the study of vernacular architecture (1993)
3 Problems of definition and praxis (1999)
Part II: Cultures and contexts
4 Learning from Asante (2000)
5 Cultural traits and environmental contexts: Problems of cultural specificity and cross-cultural comparability (1999)
6 Huizhou and Herefordshire: A comparative study (2001)
7 Tout confort: Culture and comfort (1986)
Part III: Tradition and transmission
8 Vernacular know-how (1982)
9 Earth as a building material today (1983)
10 Handed down architecture: Tradition and transmission (1989)
11 Technology transfer: A vernacular view (2003)
Part IV: Cultures, disasters and dwellings
12 The cultural context of shelter provision (1978)
13 Earthen housing and cultures in seismic areas (1984)
14 Factors affecting the acceptability of resettlement housing (1984)
15 Rebirth of a Rajput village (1992)
Part V: Conservation and continuity
16 Conserving the vernacular in developing countries (1986)
17 Re-presenting and representing the vernacular: The open-air museum (2001)
18 Perfect and plain: Shaker approaches to design (1990)
Part VI: Suburbs and self-builders
19 Individualizing Dunroamin (1992)
20 Round the houses (1983)
21 Kaluderica: High-grade housing in an illegal settlement (1989)
Part VII: Meeting the challenge of the twenty-first century
22 Tradition by itself _ _ _ (2000)
23 Ethics and vernacular architecture (2000)
24 Necessity and sustainability: The impending crisis (2002)


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