Social and human aspects in the use of vernacular knowledge

Recent studies have highlighted the environmental benefits of the vernacular, focusing on the qualities of buildings; however, they do not sufficiently deal with the role of human agency in the production of the vernacular in practice. This study aims to demonstrate that by improving our understandi...

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Autor Principal: Rey Cuéllar, Natalia
Formato: Artículo (Article)
Lenguaje:Desconocido (Unknown)
Publicado: 2013
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Acceso en línea:http://babel.banrepcultural.org/cdm/ref/collection/p17054coll23/id/645
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Sumario:Recent studies have highlighted the environmental benefits of the vernacular, focusing on the qualities of buildings; however, they do not sufficiently deal with the role of human agency in the production of the vernacular in practice. This study aims to demonstrate that by improving our understanding of the human and social aspects, it will be possible to define methods of supporting sustainable development. Understanding ‘the vernacular’ as a type of knowledge, four components are explored: transmission, use, motivations, and benefits. Based on the case of the Mexican Vault technique, the investigation offers insights into the various components of vernacular knowledge, suggesting the study of vernacular architecture from a perspective that elevates the relevance of the social and human dynamics in relation to the built object. It concludes that moving beyond environmental issues towards the building of tangible and intangible assets is a key challenge for vernacular architecture today.