Lessons from Vernacular Architecture
Achieving Climatic Buildings By Studying the Past
"The architectural community has had a strong and continuing interest in traditional and vernacular architecture. This has been rekindled by the need to develop an architecture that works with climate, rather than against it, to create more sustainable buildings. Most earlier research and existing publications on traditional or vernacular architecture have followed an anthropological or archaeological approach, whereas books on climatic design and sustainable architecture tend to refer to contemporary principles and built precedents without direct reference to past experience. Lessons from Traditional Architecture takes lessons directly from traditional and vernacular architecture and offers them to the reader as guidance and inspiration for new buildings. The appropriate technical and social solutions provided by vernacular and traditional architecture are analysed in detail. International case studies focus on environmental design aspects of traditional architecture in a broad range of climatic conditions and building types"--
Willi Weber is an architect and Professor of Building Physics at the Institute of Environmental Sciences of the University of Geneva, Switzerland. As director of the University's Centre for the Study of Energy Problems (CUEPE) he was in charge of a research group involved in expert appraisals in the field of energy and environment in architecture. He was the chairman of the 23rd International PLEA (Passive and Low Energy Architecture)Conference that was held in Geneva in 2006. Simos Yannas is the Director of the Environment & Energy Studies Programme at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London, UK where he is responsible for the Masters programmes in Sustainable Environmental Design and the AA School’s PhD Programme. His previous book with Earthscan,Roof Cooling Techniques: a Design Handbook (2005) was shortlisted for the Royal Institute of British Architects' RIBA Bookshops International Book Award in Architecture. He is a founding member of the PLEA international network.