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Presentation 6 31 08

  1. 1. 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
  2. 2. 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.
  3. 3. Beauty of:
  4. 4. Beauty of: There is a beauty Distinct African style Architecture of the earth Makes sense Has a sense of place
  5. 5. Beauty of the combination of materials: There is a beauty Thatch Burnt brick Bamboo Wood
  6. 6. Sense of place There is a beauty
  7. 7. Sense of place There is a beauty Greek Housing
  8. 8. Sense of place There is a beauty
  9. 9. Sense of place There is a beauty New York Skyline
  10. 10. Sense of place There is a beauty
  11. 11. Sense of place There is a beauty Japanese Temple
  12. 12. Sense of place There is a beauty Greek Housing Japanese Temple New York Skyline
  13. 13. Africa sense
  14. 14. Africa sense
  15. 15. Africa sense
  16. 16. Distinct To geography To available materials To traditions To culture There is a beauty
  17. 17. Zambia sense
  18. 18. Examples from Zambia There is a beauty
  19. 19. Nigeria sense
  20. 20. There is a beauty Is a burnt brick just a burnt brick?
  21. 21. Is a burnt brick just a burnt brick? Clay content Size Firing process Colour How implemented
  22. 22. Grand Vernacular Structures Great ruins of Zimbabwe Islamic mosque in Sudan Djenne’s grand mosque in Mali
  23. 23. Simple Vernacular Structures
  24. 24. Importance of:
  25. 25. 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
  26. 26. Not being passed on Importance of:
  27. 27. Not being passed on Importance of: Generation #1
  28. 28. Not being passed on Importance of: Generation #1 Generation #2
  29. 29. Not being passed on Importance of: Generation #1 Generation #2 Generation #3
  30. 30. How can we build again in beautiful places?
  31. 31. Vernacular Mechanism is firmly tied to: climate topography materials culture other particulars of it’s region How can we build again in beautiful places?
  32. 32. 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?
  33. 33. repeatable Importance of: How can we build again in beautiful places? Easily Perceived
  34. 34. repeatable Importance of: Easily Perceived Easily Loved
  35. 35. repeatable Importance of: Easily Perceived Easily Loved Easily Executed
  36. 36. People build on economy Importance of:
  37. 37. How to do:
  38. 38. How to do: What is available for information?
  39. 39. What is available for information? How to do: Text only
  40. 40. What is available for information? How to do: Pictures
  41. 41. 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
  42. 42. How to do: <ul><li>1 st step: Gather information </li></ul>How to do: Researcher Data All it takes is a digital camera and an internet link
  43. 43. How to do: Funding Researcher Data
  44. 44. How to do:
  45. 45. How to do: Funding Researcher Data
  46. 46. How to do:
  47. 47. The Process Funding Researcher Universities Organizations Driver Translator Lodging Access to a computer/ internet Transport Data How to do: Flights Data Bank
  48. 48. The Process How to do:
  49. 49. Process #1 Funding Researcher Driver Translator Lodging Access to the internet Transport Data Flights How to do:
  50. 50. Process #1: Researcher Funding Researcher Driver Translator Lodging Access to a computer/ internet Transport Data Flights How to do:
  51. 51. Process #1: Researcher How to do:
  52. 52. Process #2: Researcher with University How to do:
  53. 53. Process #2: How to do: Researcher with University Data Researcher Funding Universities
  54. 54. How to do:
  55. 55. Process #3: Funding Researcher Organizations Driver Translator Lodging Access to the internet Transport Data How to do: Working with organizations
  56. 56. Process #3: Working with organizations United States Peace Corps United Kingdom Volunteer Service Overseas Republic of Ireland Irish Aid
  57. 57. How to do:
  58. 58. Process #4 Funding Researcher Organizations Driver Translator Lodging Access to the internet Transport Data How to do:
  59. 59. Process #4: Working with organizations Architects without Borders International Habitat for Humanity
  60. 60. Process #4 Funding Researcher Organizations Driver Translator Lodging Transport Data How to do: Access to the internet
  61. 61. How to do:
  62. 62. How to do:
  63. 63. Process #5 How to do: Universities lead research Data Bank Driver Translator Lodging Access to the internet Transport Universities
  64. 64. Process #5 Central Data Storage How to do: Universities lead research
  65. 65. How to do:
  66. 66. Process #6 Funding Driver Translator Lodging Access to a computer/ internet Transport Data How to do: Central Data Storage Partnering with the United Nations
  67. 67. Process #6 Central Data Storage How to do: Partnering with the United Nations
  68. 68. Analysis of:
  69. 69. Step 1: Collect data
  70. 70. Collecting data Promotion of:
  71. 71. Collecting data Promotion of:
  72. 72. Step 1: Collect data Step 2: Analysis of data
  73. 73. Analysis of data Promotion of:
  74. 74. Analysis of data Promotion of:
  75. 75. Analysis of data Promotion of: materials types styles decorations
  76. 76. Step 1: Collect data Step 2: Analysis of data Step 3: Testing
  77. 77. What are these materials capable of? Expanding spaces Load capacities Expanding spaces Connections Testing
  78. 78. Taking essence of:
  79. 79. Possible Solutions Taking the essence of: Emergency Shelter Great ventilation Good light quality Easy to construct
  80. 80. 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
  81. 81. 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)
  82. 82. Taking the essence of: Creating distinct interiors Creating distinct exteriors
  83. 83. Lodges Taking the essence of:
  84. 84. Lodges (Zimbabwe) Taking the essence of:
  85. 85. Lodges (Zambia) Taking the essence of:
  86. 86. Limited use of modern materials Taking the essence of:
  87. 87. Customs Customs house
  88. 88. Customs Taking the essence of:
  89. 89. Residence Taking the essence of:
  90. 90. Customs Taking the essence of:
  91. 91. Conclusion Greater acceptance
  92. 92. Conclusion Greater acceptance
  93. 93. Conclusion Confidence Greater acceptance
  94. 94. Conclusion Confidence Greater acceptance Repeatable
  95. 95. Conclusion All it takes is a camera and communication Vernacular architecture are part of cultural manifestation

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