Vernacular Architecture

N. America

Vernacular Architecture

There are many wonderful building styles from all over the world that can inform us with their shapes, materials, arrangements, decorations, concepts for heating and cooling, etc. Vernacular architecture has been loosing ground over the last couple of centuries, as modern methods prevail. This is unfortunate since many of the old ways employ natural materials and simple concepts that are energy efficient. Also the buildings themselves are often beautiful. Perhaps you will find some ideas from among these pages to help with your own designs.




Review of
Handmade Houses & Other Buildings



with Paulina Wojciekowska

Using Natural materials



from Vernacular Architecture

by Willi Weber , Simos Yannas, 2013


Building on our past
by Peter Hancock, 2011


Handmade Houses
and Other Buildings:
the World
of Vernacular Architecture

by John May, 2010
Kelly Hart's review


Simple Shelters:
Tents, Tipis, Yurts, Domes and Other Ancient Homes

by Jonathan Horning, 2009


Vernacular Architecture
and Regional Design:
Cultural Process
and Environmental Response

by Kingston Wm. Heath Ph.D., 2009


Earth Architecture:
From Ancient to Modern

by William N. Morgan, 2008


The Vernacular House Worldwide

by Paul Oliver, 2007


Building Environments: Perspectives
in Vernacular Architecture

by Kenneth A. Breisch, Alison K. Hoagland, 2006


Organic Architecture
by Alan Hess, 2006


Vernacular Architecture
in the 21st Century:
Theory, Education
and Practice

by L. Asquith, 2006


Invitation to Vernacular Architecture: A Guide to the Study of Ordinary Buildings
and Landscapes

by Thomas Carter, Elizabeth Collins Cromley, 2005


Tropical Architecture: Sustainable and Humane Building in Africa, Latin America and South-East Asia by Wolfgang Lauber, Peter Cheret, Klaus Ferstl, Eckhart Ribbeck, 2005


In Search
Of Natural Architecture

by David Pearson, 2005


Home Work:
Handbuilt Shelter

by Lloyd Kahn, 2004
Kelly Hart's review


Built by Hand:
Vernacular Architecture
Around the World

by Athena Steen, Bill Steen & Eiko Komats, 2003


Tropical Houses
by Haike Falkenberg, 2003


New Organic Architecture:
The Breaking Wave

by David Pearson, 2001


Circle Houses:
Yurts, Tipis and Benders
by David Pearson, 2001


Traditions in Architectural: Africa, America, Asia,
and Oceania

by Dora P. Crouch, June G. Johnson, 2000


6,000 Years of Housing:
by Norbert Schoenauer, 2000

by Bob Easton and Lloyd Kahn, 2000


Vernacular Architecture
by Henry Glassie, 2000


Illustrated Handbook
of Vernacular Architecture

by R.W. Brunskill, 2000

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Evolutionary Architecture: Nature as a Basis for Design by Eugene Tsui, 1999


Encyclopedia of Vernacular Architecture of the World
by Paul Oliver (Editor), 1998


The Vernacular Tradition
of Working Buildings

by David Larkin, 1998


A Shelter Sketchbook: Timeless Building Solutions
by John S. Taylor, 1997


Earth to Spirit:
In Search
of Natural Architecture

by David Pearson, 1995


Spectacular Vernacular:
The Adobe Tradition

by Jean-Louis Bourgeois, 1990


Without Architects:
A Short Introduction
to Non-Pedigreed Architecture

by Bernard Rudofsky, 1987


Natural Energy and Vernacular Architecture: Principles
and Examples With Reference
to Hot Arid Climates

by Hassan Fathy, 1986


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