Essay On Vernacular Architecture

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819 words
819 words

Vernacular architecture is a nineteenth-century invention but it still occupies a marginal position even in a time of rapid technological development and globalization. Today, as culture and tradition are becoming less place-rooted and more information-based in the twenty-first century, main problem about the meaning and function of vernacular traditions therefore arise. Will vernacular traditions be affected by the cultural, ecological and technological changes? What part they will play in them? Will they be able to adapt or response in order to come to terms with the new cultural and ecological circumstances, or will they be forced to disappear? Can certain changes more easily be incorporated than others, and will there be cultural or regional …show more content…

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that vernacular architecture is a nineteenth-century invention, but it still occupies an marginal position in the twenty-first century.
  • Opines that vernacular architecture is the origin of all the reaction, and that we can learn from it and prevent architects sacrificing a building's function, comfort, or ecological friendliness in pursuit of aesthetic quality.
  • Concludes that scientific vernacular architecture studies are an influence to new approaches, solutions, and accomplishments for the future built environment.

Although we are living in the time of rapid technological advancement and development, there are still much we can learn from the traditional knowledge of vernacular construction. This paper focuses on the given theme “Scientific Vernacular Architecture”. It is aimed to explore the limits and possibilities of vernacular construction and contemporary material. Vernacular architecture and lifestyles defined by such architecture make effective use of passive design adapted to local climate and other conditions in cold and hot, arid and humid regions provides valuable hints for environmental design that offers great possibilities for improving architectural sustainability. Vernacular architecture deserves our attention as it is the origin of all the reaction. Today, people redesign and reinvented the know-how and material of vernacular architecture, apply it into the contemporary design but neglected where and when does these actually come …show more content…

But due to a number of factors, timber framing went into decline as the Georgian era moved to the Victorian era. Even though falling out of fashion during Victorian times, but thanks to certain architects make a point of studying how flexible is the materials was used during history and try to reproduce these traditional designs, timber frames have seen a resurgence in 1970s in the Western world. What made people returning to timber construction? Many of the most extraordinary medieval timber frames were still standing due to the durability of hardwood timbers – particularly oak, and this were much appreciated by all who came across them. Today, timber is used as a major structural material in a great variety of building and civil engineering applications. Steel and concrete has been took over by timber as the architectural wonder material of the 21st century, with its sustainability, quality and speed of construction is praise by the architects. Architects are allow to build bigger and higher with the new type of engineered timber because it considerably stronger and more stable than regular wood. This make timber skyscraper is not a real

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