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The Atlas of Vernacular Architecture of the World

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Atlas of Vernacular Architecture of the World,Routledge, December 2007, Hb: 978-0-415-41151-6, £49,50

December 2007

For the first time ever, Paul Oliver, Marcel Vellinga and cartographer Alexander Bridge have produced an atlas that maps the world s vernacular architectural traditions on a cross-cultural basis, seen in the contexts of diverse environments, climates, economies and forms. No other atlas exists that deals with vernacular architecture in such a comprehensive manner.

The Atlas of Vernacular Architecture of the World, (Routledge, December 2007, Hb: 978-0-415-41151-6, £49,50) complements Paul Oliver's prize-winning Encyclopedia of Vernacular Architecture of the World. Like the Encyclopedia, it illustrates the variety and ingenuity of the world's vernacular building traditions, but additionally demonstrates their relationships spatially and in a global context.

Sixty-nine world and regional maps show the distribution, diffusion and use of vernacular building forms, technologies, materials and functions on a cross-cultural and comparative basis; mapping that is of vital importance for the responsible use of human and material resources in the development of culturally appropriate housing during the twenty-first century.

In view of the role that vernacular traditions will have to play in the housing of the rapidly growing world population, the Atlas of Vernacular Architecture of the World is a vital resource for all those involved in architectural design and research, development work, disaster and resources management, and education. It will appeal to, amongst others, architects, planners, engineers, anthropologists, historians and art historians, non-governmental organisations such as development agencies, geographers, builders, development workers, policy makers and conservation officers.



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