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CAIRO BOOKS's Description
Vernacular architecture, by its very nature, is built from local materials
that are readily to hand and is thus defined by the geology and ecology of the
region and by local climatic conditions. Constructed by the community using
traditional tools, these structures are highly practical, energy-efficient, and
blend with the landscape. They carry many of the attributes that we are now
seeking in green architecture as we struggle to adapt our built environment to
the demands and concerns of the climate-change era. "Handmade Houses and Other
Buildings" looks at everyday structures all over the world, from whatever wood,
grass, earth or stone that was to hand, in ways that offered practical
solutions to the challenges of climate or terrain. Based on immemorial
principles, but highly relevant to our newly found environmental concerns,
these buildings show the simple and satisfying ways in which humans have worked
out how to live and live well, in harmony with their surroundings.