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Vernacular Buildings: A Global Survey of TK

Vernacular Buildings: A Global Survey of TK
Allen Noble

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Constancy permits the evolution of types and characteristics to be identified, even in widely spread locations. It helps trace the origins of structures, despite later modifications. And change allows one to trace the effects of difference in environment, fashion, cultural ideas and economic influences. Change and constancy operate together, although one may or other may dominate at a particular time and place. In Vernacular Buildings Allen Noble extends the global survey contained in his earlier highly successful Traditional Buildings, to cover vernacular buildings and dwellings around the world. In a truly comprehensive account, he ranges from the fazenda of the pioneer Brazilian settlers, the Masai dwellings of Tanzania and the gothic houses of Shanghai, to Virginia Hall and Parlor houses, the thatched dwellings of the Eifel region of Germany and the three -decker houses of New York. Acknowledging the value of archival research the author is also firmly convinced of the importance of field observation and the book is extensively illustrated with photographs from his own personal collection.

With a comprehensive bibliography, and incorporating new material from cultural geographers, historians, folklorists and anthropologists, Vernacular Buildings is a unique survey that will be welcomed by specialists and enthusiasts alike.

Author Info

Allen G. Noble is Distinguished Emeritus Professor at the University of Akron, Ohio, USA, where he was formerly Professor of Geography and Planning. His books include Wood, Brick and Stone: the North American Settlement Landscape (1984), nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, Barns of the Midwest (with H. G. Wilhelm, 1995), and Traditional Buildings: A Global Survey of Structural Forms and Cultural Functions (I.B.Tauris, 2007)

Bibliographic Info

Imprint: I.B.Tauris
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co. Ltd.

ISBN: 9781780766249
Publication Date: 30 Nov 2013
Number of Pages: 368
Height: 234
Width: 156
Illustrations: 100 bw integrated

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