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Africa Vernacular Architecture intro
Transcript of Africa Vernacular Architecture intro
Community buildings In a family's homestead, there are functional structures such as latrines or graineries as well as areas for outdoor cooking and social spaces. A village may also have: These catagories can be applied to every country. Universities with Schools of Architecture Professional Architecture groups Member of UNESCO NGO's Missionary groups Volunteer Organizations Peace Corps VSO Irish Aid An existing data base ... the collection ... the analysis ... the organization ... the presentation If one wants to research African Vernacular Architecture,,,,, Data must be "placed in the cloud" But... data needs to be collected The data needs to be analyzed The data needs to be organized Finally... the data must be presented Many daily functions occur outside, in the compound. Conclusion Not only is there a need to document and preserve African vernacular architecture but it must be promoted as well. What to collect and document: Vernacular architecture in many African countries has been disappearing over generations. Are the materials resourced locally? Is there any reason behind the decorations? But African vernacular architecture is both an art form and more importantly, a part of a country's culture. When people build what they believe in, they will not build what is decline and in threatened of being lost. Vernacular materials are sustainable and have great material properties. The problem is that vernacular is perceived as sub-standard. That is a myth that must be corrected. It is my belief that with social media both data and awareness can be obtained. A material's "carbon footprint" is small, does not have to be produced nor transported. Thatch Earth Bamboo Poles Nature African architecture is as diverse as the climate and topography The introduction of western materials and building techniques lead to a cultural shift in perceptions. To preserve and promote African vernacular architecture by collecting and analyzing information into a data base. Sport Language Food Art Music Celebrations Religion Architecture Clothing Social Mores Many people cannot afford to build lasting structures, but this doesn't mean that vernacular architecture does not work. I leave with my favorite Bemba saying... "Wende bwino mune"..... Travel well my friend For many generations it has come to be accepted that western building materials and techniques are superior to the traditional ones. Western construction became a social symbol, an indication of wealth and thus desired. VS www.zambiaarchitecture.com firstname.lastname@example.org An introduction