New strategy of upgrading slum areas in developing countries using vernacular trends to achieve a sustainable housing development

Publication year: 2011
Source: Energy Procedia, Volume 6, 2011, Pages 228-235

Tamer Abdel, Aziz , Indjy M., Shawket

Vernacular architecture is surely a contradiction in terms. The vernacular is the unconscious work of craftsmen based on knowledge accumulated over generations the very opposite of architecture, which involves a premeditated design process with a conscious appeal to the intellect. Yet, the term is convenient shorthand to describe an approach that adopts the spirit of the vernacular; if not its actual forms it is not intended to indicate a new style. In fact, many of the architects featured here reject the concept of style. Instead, describe their intention to reflect by analogous inspiration the characteristics of local buildings, their scale…