Vernacular architecture, by its nature, is built from materials readily at hand, and largely defined by the geology and ecology of the region as well as by local climatic conditions. These traditional structures tend to be highly practical, energy-efficient, and in harmony with the landscape—qualities that industrial societies are now seeking in "green" architecture. This compact yet information-packed book looks at everyday structures all over the world—from English country houses in Devon, made of cob and thatch, to the wood-framed and felt-covered gers of Mongolia—pictured in color photos and labeled line drawings.
"Neat, informative and ideally pitched for lay people, [the book] does a fine job of bringing this subject to life."—Real Travel