Lessons from Vernacular Architecture by Willi Weber, Simos Yannas

By Willi Weber, Simos Yannas

The architectural group has had a powerful and carrying on with curiosity in conventional and vernacular structure. Lessons from Vernacular Architecture takes classes at once from conventional and vernacular structure and provides them to the reader as advice and proposal for brand spanking new structures. definitely the right technical and social options supplied by way of vernacular and conventional structure are analysed intimately. foreign case reviews specialize in environmental layout facets of conventional structure in a huge variety of weather conditions and development types.

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Most Italian cities and villages can be observed to show indications of such expansion, which demonstrates how strong the defensive attitude of the community was and how this limited the idea of the city beyond d its original boundaries. Just as in Europe the Napoleonic war campaigns had made defensive structures useless in Italy, similarly in these desert regions as soon as the massive Bedouin raids stopped after the Second World War the mostly abandoned settlement gave way to an alternative development with a new generation of houses built outside the remains of the fortified walls.

Water Precipitation Annual rainfall seldom exceeds 370mm in Santorini, and the volcanic earth hardly holds underground water reserves. Consequently plants survive mainly on air moisture in summer. As already said, the meagre vegetation offers limited firewood supplies and makes structural timberr an exotic luxury. Snow is another rarity, but humidity is a constant annoying factor, promoting mould growth in the dark, poorly ventilated caves. Additionally, it lessens indoor comfort, especially at the end of winter when the radiant temperature of the cave walls is at its lowest.

3 Detail from an Akrotiri fresco from the seventeenth century BC obs max 80% 50% Thanos N. 5 FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG Santorini is as rich in sunshine as poor in water SEP OCT NOV DEC The four elements of Santorini’s architecture 15 MEAN MAX. MEAN 40 Temperature (ºC) ABSOLUTE MAX. MEAN MIN. ABSOLUTE MIN. 6 90 Mean ambient temperature exceeds 20°C during four months only; daytime temperatures can go much higher due to solar radiation AVE. RAINFALL (mm) MAX. 24hr RAINFALL (mm) REL. 7 FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC The sea mass sustains high relative humidity all year round; rainfall is rare during summer 16 Thanos N.

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