The future of the vernacular: Towards new methodologies for the understanding and optimization of the performance of vernacular buildings

Isaac A. Meir, Susan C. Roaf

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    Abstract

    Introduction At the threshold of a new century, and faced with the potentially devastating impacts of climate change and the end of the ‘fossil fuel age’, questions are increasingly being asked on ‘what types of buildings will be most resilient in the face of such challenges’.1 Instinctively, many people’s response is that traditional vernacular prototypes are best adapted to the different climates they occupy and therefore are better suited to provide sustainable prototypes for a future without cheap energy, far more so than energy expensive high-tech building types. But is this right? Here we question this response, in a search for genuinely resilient building types that will safely house people in the changing circumstances of the twenty-first century.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationVernacular Architecture in the 21st Century
    Subtitle of host publicationTheory, Education and Practice
    PublisherRoutledge, Taylor & Francis Group
    Chapter12
    Pages215-230
    Number of pages16
    ISBN (Print)0415357950, 9780203003862
    DOIs
    StatePublished - 13 Dec 2005

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Engineering (all)
    • Arts and Humanities (all)

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