Learning from Vernacular exhibition at Vitra Design Museum


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Traditional architecture is a source of inspiration for sustainable building methods, and the exhibition opening August 10 at Vitra Design Museum demonstrates how much we can learn from the "vernacular".

Learning from Vernacular exhibition at Vitra Design Museum

Awareness of sustainable building methods and materials and the need to use them has been boosted by rediscovery of traditional techniques, of that form of regional architecture that doesn?t play by the rules of the global market but is handed down from generation to generation.
Huts of wood or mud, stone houses and so on are examples of building methods and use of local materials suitable for the climate and landscape in which they are built, sustainable architecture ante litteram which have become models and sources of inspiration for contemporary architecture.

The exhibition scheduled for August 10 through September 29 2013 at Vitra Design Museum presents an overview of vernacular architecture all over the world, with a particular focus on examples from South Africa, Egypt, China, Malaysia and Cameroon.

Vernacular buildings are featured alongside contemporary homes built in Alabama by Auburn University’s Rural Studio, projects built in India by Studio Mumbai in which architects work in collaboration with local craftspeople, the work of architect Carin Smuts in the townships of South Africa and the bamboo structures designed by Colombian architect Simón Vélez.

(Agnese Bifulco)

Title: Learning from Vernacular
Dates: August 10 2013 ? September 29 2013
Location: Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein Germany
Images courtesy of Vitra Design Museum