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Vernacular in Modern Architecture

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Vernacular architecture is a type of architecture made from sourced local materials and based on local building knowledge and tradition. It is a form of building that doesn't follow typical architectural design rules or construction codes but focuses on function. These buildings are generally built by the owner or community and an architect is not involved.


Some architects have recently started combining contemporary and vernacular architecture. Re-thinkingthefuture.com says, "Though vernacular aspects are seemingly forgotten in modern architecture, certain architects have now started embracing regionalism and cultural building tradition. With rapid technological advancements and urbanization, incorporating knowledge of vernacular construction has proved to be a step forward in terms of sustainable architecture."- https://www.re-thinkingthefuture.com/rtf-fresh-perspectives/a1935-10-examples-of-contemporary-vernacular-architecture/


It is resourceful and sustainable to follow vernacular practices. With sustainability being a key focus of architecture today, it is a perfect time to reflect on traditional building practices derived from regionalism and cultural building traditions.


Archdaily has an article on vernacular modular homes. They argue that, "Modular systems and the revival of vernacular techniques bring much-needed creativity and resourcefulness into the housing of this part of the world. Modular systems offer speed and efficiency, while vernacular techniques provide a sense of identity and belonging. Although they may appear contradictory at first glance, several examples show that they can complement each other effectively." - https://www.archdaily.com/1015644/between-modular-and-vernacular-how-combining-construction-techniques-can-bring-agility-and-identity-to-social-housing-in-the-global-south?ad_campaign=normal-tag

The main focus of vernacular architecture is to provide the basic needs of a human. This project exemplifies those needs, both physically and emotionally.


Some great examples of vernacular architecture influencing modern architecture can be viewed at:


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A modern Vernacular Structure_www.archdaily.com

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