HABITAT: Vernacular Architecture for a
Changing Planet

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 with ecosystems and cities and ensure prosperity for all.

HABITAT: Vernacular Architecture for a Changing Planet, is the culmination of years of specialist research: a once-in-a-generation, large format publication, which gathers together an international team of more than one hundred and forty leading experts from fifty counties across a diverse range of disciplines to examine what the traditions of vernacular architecture, and its regional craftspeople around the world, can teach us about creating a more sustainable future. It is the first contemporary global review of vernacular architecture carried out in the past twenty years.

With over 1000 illustrations and organised according to the five major climate zones covering; tropical, desert, continental, temperate and polar regions; and more than one hundred countries worldwide, the book reveals how peoples and cultures have adapted to their environment to make the best use of indigenous materials and construction techniques and stresses the importance of preserving disappearing craftsmanship and local knowledge before it is too late.

United Kingdom and International Distribution by Thames & Hudson
The BBC Design book of 2017
Northern American edition by Abrams Books
HABITAT: Vernacular Architecture for a Changing Planet
German by Edition DETAIL
“HABITAT: Traditionelle Bauweisen für den globalen Wandel
French by Flammarion First Prize Winner at “J’aime le livre d’art”, Paris 2017 “Habiter la Planete: atlas mondial de l’architecture vernaculaire”
Spanish by Blume
HABITAT: Arquitectura vernácula para un planeta cambiante” 

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