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    • Documentation for Preservation Creating a data base for the preservation of African Vernacular Architecture. Relevance of Traditional Architecture Kano, Nigeria June 24 th -25th 2008
    • Introduction Basic concepts #1 #2 African vernacular architecture has a powerful beauty to it. It is an architecture of the earth. Vernacular architecture construction techniques and styles are being abandoned for “western” materials and beliefs. #3 Vernacular architecture is as much a part of a socities culture as language, songs and beliefs.
    • Beauty of:
    • Beauty of: There is a beauty Distinct African style Architecture of the earth Makes sense Has a sense of place
    • Beauty of the combination of materials: There is a beauty Thatch Burnt brick Bamboo Wood
    • Sense of place There is a beauty
    • Sense of place There is a beauty Greek Housing
    • Sense of place There is a beauty
    • Sense of place There is a beauty New York Skyline
    • Sense of place There is a beauty
    • Sense of place There is a beauty Japanese Temple
    • Sense of place There is a beauty Greek Housing Japanese Temple New York Skyline
    • Africa sense
    • Africa sense
    • Africa sense
    • Distinct To geography To available materials To traditions To culture There is a beauty
    • Zambia sense
    • Examples from Zambia There is a beauty
    • Nigeria sense
    • There is a beauty Is a burnt brick just a burnt brick?
    • Is a burnt brick just a burnt brick? Clay content Size Firing process Colour How implemented
    • Grand Vernacular Structures Great ruins of Zimbabwe Islamic mosque in Sudan Djenne’s grand mosque in Mali
    • Simple Vernacular Structures
    • Importance of:
    • Importance of: Importance of: Vernacular architecture is disappearing Preserving a part of culture System that has and does work Relevant Sustainable Not being passed on to future generations
    • Not being passed on Importance of:
    • Not being passed on Importance of: Generation #1
    • Not being passed on Importance of: Generation #1 Generation #2
    • Not being passed on Importance of: Generation #1 Generation #2 Generation #3
    • How can we build again in beautiful places?
    • Vernacular Mechanism is firmly tied to: climate topography materials culture other particulars of it’s region How can we build again in beautiful places?
    • Characteristics of Vernacular Mechanism: 1. The process works with a set of patterns held by a culture at large. 2. Patterns are passed down from generation to generation. How can we build again in beautiful places?
    • repeatable Importance of: How can we build again in beautiful places? Easily Perceived
    • repeatable Importance of: Easily Perceived Easily Loved
    • repeatable Importance of: Easily Perceived Easily Loved Easily Executed
    • People build on economy Importance of:
    • How to do:
    • How to do: What is available for information?
    • What is available for information? How to do: Text only
    • What is available for information? How to do: Pictures
    • How to do: How to do: It has been done Does not have to be expensive Multiple combinations of possible partnering All it takes is a digital camera and an internet link
    • How to do:
      • 1 st step: Gather information
      How to do: Researcher Data All it takes is a digital camera and an internet link
    • How to do: Funding Researcher Data
    • How to do:
    • How to do: Funding Researcher Data
    • How to do:
    • The Process Funding Researcher Universities Organizations Driver Translator Lodging Access to a computer/ internet Transport Data How to do: Flights Data Bank
    • The Process How to do:
    • Process #1 Funding Researcher Driver Translator Lodging Access to the internet Transport Data Flights How to do:
    • Process #1: Researcher Funding Researcher Driver Translator Lodging Access to a computer/ internet Transport Data Flights How to do:
    • Process #1: Researcher How to do:
    • Process #2: Researcher with University How to do:
    • Process #2: How to do: Researcher with University Data Researcher Funding Universities
    • How to do:
    • Process #3: Funding Researcher Organizations Driver Translator Lodging Access to the internet Transport Data How to do: Working with organizations
    • Process #3: Working with organizations United States Peace Corps United Kingdom Volunteer Service Overseas Republic of Ireland Irish Aid
    • How to do:
    • Process #4 Funding Researcher Organizations Driver Translator Lodging Access to the internet Transport Data How to do:
    • Process #4: Working with organizations Architects without Borders International Habitat for Humanity
    • Process #4 Funding Researcher Organizations Driver Translator Lodging Transport Data How to do: Access to the internet
    • How to do:
    • How to do:
    • Process #5 How to do: Universities lead research Data Bank Driver Translator Lodging Access to the internet Transport Universities
    • Process #5 Central Data Storage How to do: Universities lead research
    • How to do:
    • Process #6 Funding Driver Translator Lodging Access to a computer/ internet Transport Data How to do: Central Data Storage Partnering with the United Nations
    • Process #6 Central Data Storage How to do: Partnering with the United Nations
    • Analysis of:
    • Step 1: Collect data
    • Collecting data Promotion of:
    • Collecting data Promotion of:
    • Step 1: Collect data Step 2: Analysis of data
    • Analysis of data Promotion of:
    • Analysis of data Promotion of:
    • Analysis of data Promotion of: materials types styles decorations
    • Step 1: Collect data Step 2: Analysis of data Step 3: Testing
    • What are these materials capable of? Expanding spaces Load capacities Expanding spaces Connections Testing
    • Taking essence of:
    • Possible Solutions Taking the essence of: Emergency Shelter Great ventilation Good light quality Easy to construct
    • Possible Solutions Taking the essence of: Is this sustainable architecture? What is the definition of sustainable architecture? Promoted as such because it has great insulation values
    • Possible Solutions Taking the essence of: What is the definition of sustainable architecture? Replaceable Can be re-grown thatch burnt brick bamboo mud (for plastering walls)
    • Taking the essence of: Creating distinct interiors Creating distinct exteriors
    • Lodges Taking the essence of:
    • Lodges (Zimbabwe) Taking the essence of:
    • Lodges (Zambia) Taking the essence of:
    • Limited use of modern materials Taking the essence of:
    • Customs Customs house
    • Customs Taking the essence of:
    • Residence Taking the essence of:
    • Customs Taking the essence of:
    • Conclusion Greater acceptance
    • Conclusion Greater acceptance
    • Conclusion Confidence Greater acceptance
    • Conclusion Confidence Greater acceptance Repeatable
    • Conclusion All it takes is a camera and communication Vernacular architecture are part of cultural manifestation