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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