Vernacular architecture


Volks - Endemic - Endemies

The term vernacular is derived from the Latin vernaculus, meaning 'domestic, native, indigenous'; from verna, meaning 'native slave' or 'home-born slave'. Hence one might argue that it is an architecture that is slave to local traditions, where locally available materials are used as a matter of course, skills are acquired through cultural succession, styling resonates with customary practice, and the parts are homogenised into the whole, throughout the range of scales, from the crafting of the individual structures through to the entire pattern and fabric of settlement.

Drawings by Frank Gaylard from: Fisher, Roger C. 1992. Visual Lexicon of the South African Dwelling. Cape Town: Unibook. p, 2-3.