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Data Base for African vernacular architecture

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Jon Twingi

on 10 April 2015

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Transcript of Data Base for African vernacular architecture

There are organizations that have volunteers living in the villages
There are organizations that have projects in remote villages
There are organizations that operate at a large level, including all UN agencies.
I have an app for I- phones. Just go to the I Tunes store and download "African vernacular" for free.
Easy to use!
1. Turn on the app
2. Take a picture
3. Type a brief description.
4. Send
A version for Android is being worked on
Or simply take a picture with your camera
1. Make sure the image is at least 1,000 pixels in length
2. Please add a brief description (one sentence)
Email the pictures to africanvernaculararchitecture@gmail.com
The pictures will be placed on the cloud on the data base
What images are wanted?
Pretty much anything that is vernacular architecture
Here are some ideas:
Homes/ Homesteads
Homesteads are the compounds in which families live. It contains not only homes but other structures such as granaries, kitchens, chicken pens and more.
Other structures
Besides homes, other vernacular structures are utilized on a daily basis
Details/ Decorations
Close up pictures of connections is an example of a detail. Many structures are plastered over and painted with decorations
Construction
Pictures showing structures being constructed reveal a lot of information
African vernacular architecture is disappearing
Vernacular architecture in Africa uses indigenous materials and methods to construct structures.
Structures are sustainable because they build with mud, thatch, bamboo, reeds and other locally available materials
There are many reasons why this is true with a main one being the perceptions of vernacular architecture
Most people believe that vernacular architecture is temporary, sub standard and for the poor
This simply is not the truth
Many people have these beliefs because they do not know what these vernacular structures look like.There is very little information available on line
This data base main goal is to demonstrate the beauty and importance of vernacular architecture
Architecture is as much of a part of a countries culture as language, music, literature, sport, food, customs or beliefs
You can help this data base grow.
Are you a volunteer living in a village? Working for a NGO with projects in rural areas? An architect in a specific country?
African vernacular architecture data base
Just click!
The best time to take pictures is after the rainy season. That is when people start building with vernacular materials
This research is my passion
These people are either living in the rural areas or traveling to them.
Whether you are driving between cities, visiting the project or a trip to the capital, you are passing by these vernacular structures.
http://swazilandarchitecture.com/
http://www.malawiarchitecture.com/
http://www.zambiaarchitecture.com/
You will be given full credit for each image
Join my network on Linked In
There are over 80 schools of architecture at African universities, as well as Architecture societies.
A project in which you can help preserve a part of culture
Or you can go to the data base and submit there
The data base is organized by countries
http://www.africavernaculararchitecture.com/
Here are some of the latest submissions
Nigeria Spotted in Ekiti State South Western Nigeria plantain drying barn submitted by Sa'eed Husaini
Ethiopia Home constructed with mud on a wood frame and a thatched roof (submitted by Abby Morris)
South Sudan home constructed with mud walls (submitted by Fernando Nestor Murillo)
It is composed of 1,500+ members through out all of Africa and the world. They are architects, professors, students, artists, photographer and many others
You can find me through any of these social media
You can help document
Click on a country
And view the images in the gallery
Use the app.. or take a picture and send
Let's show the world the beauty of African vernacular architecture
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