Tuesday, February 23, 2010

--From Treehugger: Royal Institute of British Architects to Focus on Vernacular Architecure

This is fabulous news: the Royal Institute of British Architects will hold a lecture series featuring numerous architects from around the world who have conscientiously incorporated vernacular architecture into their design portfolio.

Vernacular architecture represents the fusion of past and future technologies. It recognizes that traditional means for coping with climate demands are often less energy-intensive and therefore both cheaper and more environmentally friendly than many present methods.

"It is fascinating to see how local, vernacular architecture can be adapted to modern-day needs. The same principles that were behind the initial design of so-called "primitive" buildings can be modified for present day use, using cheap locally sourced materials. And these guys should know, because they have all done it in their own countries."

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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

--From Treehugger: "Natural Temperature Conditioning with Courtyards"

"People 4,500 years ago managed to keep their homes appropriately warm and cool without high technology -- and without wasting energy. How did they do it?

"Traditional courtyard homes developed between 3,000 or 2,000 BC "incorporate a variety of appropriately designed inward-looking habitable rooms and spaces at different floor levels around a planted courtyard to suit different seasons and to enhance privacy," according to an exhibit at the Science Museum of London that shows a model of one such house in Baghdad. These "naturally conditioned homes" are still found in many places, from Beijing to southeast Turkey, and likely beyond..."

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