Can Vernacular Architecture Be Exoticized?


Traditional Malay Architecture, Heritage Park of Sabah Museum. Image © CEphoto, Uwe Aranas / CC-BY-SA-3.0

Traditional Malay Architecture, Heritage Park of Sabah Museum. Image © CEphoto, Uwe Aranas / CC-BY-SA-3.0

When we talk about vernacular architecture, we’re talking about an architectural style specific to a region – architecture that relies on the use of local knowledge and materials to construct buildings. It’s the Beehive Houses of Harran in Turkey, to the traditional Malay Houses found throughout southeast Asia. The vernacular architecture of various places continues to be a source of inspiration for contemporary architects, as they look to create sustainable architectural responses well-suited for their context.

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