Architectural Sustainability as a Cultural Practice



Can vernacular building practices and traditional ways of building offer some (re)newed insights into sustainability in the current built environment?
This is a question explored in the PhD project ‘Architectural Sustainability as a Cultural practice’ and subsequent student workshop. But firstly, “vernacular architecture” defines a pre-industrial building type informed by local conditions such as topography, climate, available materials and cultural tradition. Therefore, vernacular buildings are often categorised as being inherently sustainable as they, to some extent, embody a circular building practice. Yet, many of these ‘sustainable aspects’ were not built as sustainable but out of necessity as responses to particular social needs or contextual conditions.
Accordingly, the research project studies how vernacular building practice has evolved historically, in a continuum defined by changing needs and conditions, and how sustainable principles have developed from this contextual approach to building and dwelling.
The study is contrasted with our contemporary and often unsustainable design and construction practice, examining the potential of (re)introducing neglected values of design and building, to revoke inherently sustainable principles. This juxtaposition outlines a contemporary vernacular architecture resetting the course on our continuum of the value-based knowledge created.
Effektiv start/slut dato02/09/201902/09/2022