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Vernacular methods in 21st century
can any1 plz help me with any kind of info,reference,case studies on the - techniques for transformation of vernacular arch in 21st century..the research is focused on the vernacular method of coastal region of india.
if u have any info plz share it with me it vl b a great help..thanku
Deepika Goel
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Vernacular methods in 21st century
Deepika, Your topic raises all manner of questions and probable answers, but the first is which coastal region of India? Because given that vernacular architecture varies from region tot region and even within reagions, what applies in one coastal region may not apply in any another coastal region.

Unless you are simply looking to reduce the multiplicity of `vernacular architectures` along the whole coastline of India into a `one form fits all` thesis?
Frank John Snelling
Vernacular methods in 21st century
Hi Deepika,

John's reply is so apt. You have to zero down on specific region. East/West coast? Then which region e.g. Malabar, Konkan etc. Because lifestyle, food, resources available and many things which contribute to vernacular architecture changes with region. The term Vernacular itself lays special emphasis on regional availability of materials and lifestyle.
Sriraj Gokarakonda
Vernacular methods in 21st century
For myself, Vernacular Architecture speaks for the culture of the people who live in any one particular place.

And think how boring the World would be without vernacular architecture and without differences in culture, because if humanity only had one universal culture, one universal language, one universal architecture, then there would be no need to travel (and "Travel broadens the mind").

But the fact that Humanity can adapt and does live in widely different environments and climates means that what is right for one environment and climate is not necessarily right for any other environment and climate.

Similarly, each and every culture has a different reality, because each language has an integral logic (the intangible part of grammar) which moulds thought in its own image.

In fact, Decartes did Humanity a great disservice when he said "I think, therefore I am." because his statement has the underlying implication that every human thinks the exact same way regardless of the language used. But to be logical, what he should have said was "I think (in French) therefore I am (a Frenchman)".
Frank John Snelling
Vernacular methods in 21st century
hi
deepika
DUNKEN LOTOUS SCHOOL IN LEH LADKAH IN .DONE BY ATKINS FIRM one of the best project in vernacular architecture system . u can visit on atkins web. for more information ..
Amit Jaiswal
Vernacular methods in 21st century
thank you for ur reply..m lookin more towards the vernacular style of kerala..how we can create some vernacular structr dat can withstand in todays time with more stability ,also makin it aesthetically pleasing..n this is my dissertation topic..i vl take it to my thesis by applying dose techniqs in designing to invite tourist and make it as an asset for tourism..
Deepika Goel
Vernacular methods in 21st century
An essential part of what is necessary for the survival of any form of vernacular architecture is the need to (a) retain the skills and techniques of craftsmen, or (b) document such skills and techniques before they are completely lost.

Because anything made by hand has value both as an art object and as a functional product. Whereas, something made by machines, usually has no value as an art object and little value as a functional product because it is designed to fail within a short time.
Frank John Snelling
Vernacular methods in 21st century
true..do u have any info about those skills and techniqs..which they used to apply and wt r they applying in today's time..how the things have changed..any related data..
Deepika Goel
Vernacular methods in 21st century
Deepika, Re: "knowledge of traditional and or vernacular skills and techniques", I find it relatively difficult to obtain information upon such skills and techniques in countries outside Britain (partly because I am not sure that such data exists, but mainly because I cannot search for and then read such data written in foreign languages).

Therefore, I collect historical data (books, articles) upon traditional and vernacular skills and techniques (usually listed as "rural arts and crafts") for the British Isles. And in this way I can extrapolate traditional and vernacular skills and techniques of Britain and compare and parallel the information with the skills and techniques in other countries. :)

At the same time, I have bought books about traditional and vernacular skills and techniques of other countries and there are books which encapsulate and give an overview of the culture and the skills and techniques, such as "Village Japan" by Beardsley, Hall and Ward Published by UCP (University of Chicago Press) and "Japanese Homes and Gardens" by Morse, published by Dover Inc.

Other sources of information are publications upon `Intermediary Technology` which is a polite way of providing much practical information to developing countries upon the "low to intermediate technology" of traditional and vernacular building skills.

And finally, there is "EVAW" an Oxford based academic body and database which is called the "Encyclopedia of Vernacular Architecture Worldwide".
Frank John Snelling
Vernacular methods in 21st century
oh ok..thanks frank for sharing it with me..
Deepika Goel
Vernacular methods in 21st century
Deepika, You are welcome. :)))
Frank John Snelling
Vernacular methods in 21st century
Deepika,
Vernacular architecture has basically deveollped on the climatic conditions, the needs of the people, the available materials and skills. And new solutions/ ideas, that improved the previous.
So an important step is to look into what has been built traditionaly, especialyy in the villages. One has to understand why it was done so. To improve it, look at the actually unsolved problems. Users will tell you, like they can tell you about the advantages of the tradtional construiction. Then one shoauld find modern solutions for the remainig problmes.
That is what we have done for simple schools in Afghanistan ( Improved Traditional Technology)
If you send me an e-mail, I can provide you with a smalll brushure of these buildings. My mail: n.e.wilhelm@web.de.
About the general idea of improving traditional approaches, you can find more in my article "Reachable Technology" at Zunia.org
Norbert E. Wilhelm
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