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Atlas of vernacular architecture of the world

Atlas of vernacular architecture of the world

Vellinga, Marcel; Bridge, Alexander, 1971-; Oliver, Paul

The first world atlas ever compiled on vernacular architecture, this comprehensive work illustrates the variety and ingenuity of the world's vernacular building traditions from a multi-disciplinary, cross-cultural and comparative approach, using over sixty world and regional maps. Mapping such diverse aspects as materials and resources, technologies, structural systems, symbolism, forms and service systems on a cross-cultural and comparative basis, the Atlas of Vernacular Architecture of the Worldreveals the distribution, diversity and relationships of the world's vernacular building traditions. Indicating geographical patterns, developments, lacunae and anomalies, it gives rise to new insights and understandings, stimulating new hypotheses, questions and research efforts. Augmenting the award-winning Encyclopedia of Vernacular Architecture of the World, the Atlas of Vernacular Architecture of the Worldconstitutes a unique and unparalleled resource for anyone involved in the growing field of vernacular architecture studies, including architects, geographers, art historians, planners, folklorists, conservationists, builders, and anthropologists as well as being of use to all those working in the fields of heritage conservation, architecture, regeneration, energy efficient building, resources management, development and sustainability

Hardback, Book. English.
Published Abingdon: Routledge, 2007
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Statement of responsibility: Marcel Vellinga, Paul Oliver and Alexander Bridge
ISBN: 0415411513, 9780415411516
Physical Description: 150 p. : col. ill., maps ; 28 cm.
Subject: Vernacular architecture Atlases.


  1. Introduction
  2. Part 1: Contexts 1. Nations
  3. 2. Topography
  4. 3. Water
  5. 4. Climate
  6. 5. Vegetation
  7. 6. Soils
  8. 7. Economy
  9. 8. Population
  10. 9. Language
  11. 10. Religion
  12. 11. Cultural Areas
  13. Part 2: Cultural and Material Aspects
  14. 12. Materials and Resources
  15. 13. Structural Systems and Technologies
  16. 14. Forms, Plans and Types
  17. 15. Services and Functions
  18. 16. Symbolism and Decoration
  19. 17. Development and Sustainability

Author note

Marcel Vellingais Director of the International Vernacular Architecture Unit at Oxford Brookes University. He is the author of Constituting Unity and Difference: Vernacular Architecture in a Minangkabau Village (2004) and co-editor of Vernacular Architecture in the 21stCentury: Theory, Education and Practice. He has published various articles dealing with the anthropology of architecture, vernacular architecture and sustainable development.

Paul Oliveris a Visiting Professor at the International Vernacular Architecture Unit at Oxford Brookes University. He is the author of numerous books and articles on vernacular architecture, including, most recently, Built to Meet Needs: Cultural Issues in Vernacular Architecture (2006) and Dwellings: The Vernacular House World Wide (2003). He is the editor of the award-winning Encyclopedia of Vernacular Architecture of the World (1997).

Alexander Bridgeis a cartographic designer and a graphic artist. Originally working purely in graphic design, he went on to qualify as a mountain leader where a fascination for maps was developed into a deep understanding. Upon completion of an honours degree in cartography, Alexander was presented with the award for outstanding performance by a student at higher level by the British Cartographic Society. 



'The AVAWis an enthralling read, even if your knowledge of the subject is limited' - ReferenceReviews

"A wonderful addition to the interdisciplinary field of vernacular architecture studies... [it] effectively brings to light interesting relationships and geographic patterns while highlighting gaps in our knowledge and generating new potential questions worth investigation within the field."- Spacing Vancouver