This is an introduction to commonplace buildings around the world. These buildings were
designed and built by laypeople, using traditional means and locally found materials in
response to site and climate. The course will address the variety of organic materials that
were used in these constructs. It will survey building types for a variety of climates – cold,
hot dry, hot humid and temperate. It will explore how function relates to form. In an era
where sustainability has become a buzz word, these buildings stand as remarkable example
of our first truly sustainable structures from which many lessons can be derived.
Terry Moor, registered architect and professor of architecture at Wentworth Institute of
Technology in Boston for 35 years.
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