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HABITAT: vernacular architecture for a changing planet.

Published at: 15 March 2018

Leveraging off a renewed interest in vernacular building techniques, this new book edited by Sandra Pieslik carries the flag for vernacular architecture, exploring how local resources can be used sustainably to protect our planet and its fragile ecosystems. The culmination of years of specialist research, HABITAT is organised by the world’s five major climate zones rather than by geographic location.

According to the publication, “climate change is the biggest challenge facing our planet. There has never been a more important time to understand how to make the best use of local natural resources and to produce buildings that connect to ecosystems and livelihoods and do not rely on stripping the environment or transporting materials across the globe.”

HABITAT brings together an international team of experts across many disciplines to explore what contemporary architecture and design can learn from traditional craft. The book not only reveals how various cultures have adapted to their environment to make the best use of indigenous materials, but also highlights the importance of preserving these techniques before it is too late.

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