Vernacular Architecture for a Changing Planet


A landmark publication that celebrates humanity’s age-old ability to create buildings that are ingeniously adapted to their cultural and environmental conditions, providing enduring lessons for living today.


ISBN: 9780500343241 Category:

Sandra Piesik


Gathering together the world’s leading experts on vernacular architecture, this once-in-ageneration publication examines how local buildings have stood the test of time and offer vital lessons for the future.

The core of the book is arranged by climate zone, from desert to tropical, temperate to arctic. Within each section, buildings are presented regionally, showing how local climatic conditions and vegetation affect the evolution of building styles. This central part is bookended by a range of essays exploring the economic and anthropological aspects, while the reference section offers information on materials science and engineering, including how buildings have been adapted to contend with natural disasters.

With the growing challenge of climate change, 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. This book shows us how.

Winner of Prix des libraires de livres d’art 2017

Additional information

Weight 4221 g
Dimensions 28.8 x 36.6 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 1 October 2017
Number of pages 600
Format Hardback
Contributors Edited by Sandra Piesik
Dimensions 28.8 x 36.6 cm
Weight 4221 g


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