Habitat: Vernacular Architecture for a Changing Climate

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There has never been a more important time to understand how to make the best use of local natural resources and create buildings that do not rely on stripping our planet or transporting materials across the globe. First published in 2017, Habitat gathers the world's leading experts on vernacular architecture to examine how local buildings have stood the test of time and offer lessons for the future.

Arranged by climate zone―Tropical, Dry, Temperate, Continental, and Polar―each regional section presents buildings in their environments, showing how climatic conditions and vegetation affect the evolution of building styles. This central part of Habitat is bookended by a range of essays exploring the economic and anthropological aspects of shelter, while the book's reference section offers information on materials science and engineering, including how buildings have been adapted to contend with natural disasters.

The traditions of vernacular architecture have much to teach us. Given our ecosystem's increasing frailty, the architecture and building trade's new role in a post-digital era, and the desperate need to record fading cultural traditions, the relevance of this book is more significant than ever.

By Dr. Sandra Piesik
Thames & Hudson, 2024
Hardcover, 496 pages
9.1 x 1.5 x 11.7 inches

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