Spectacular Vernacular

Spectacular Vernacular

The Adobe Tradition

Book - 1996
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Baker & Taylor
Examines the architectural styles of houses, religious shrines, mosques and other buildings in the desert areas of Africa and Asia

Blackwell North Amer
Spectacular Vernacular: The Adobe Tradition celebrates the beauty, variety, and efficiency of traditional adobe architecture in West Africa, Southwest Asia, and the American Southwest. In the severe desert climates of these areas, centuries of working with mud in the construction of homes, mosques, and whole villages have given rise to a remarkable range of styles and forms as visually stunning as any fabled city of myth and imagination - or any postmodern metropolis.
By turns delicate and massive, precise and free-form, indigenous adobe architecture displays a formal richness matched by its technical ingenuity. In this abundantly illustrated book, architectural historian Jean-Louis Bourgeois and photographer Carollee Pelos act as guides to a little-known world, interpreting spectacular structures from Mali, Mauritania, and Burkina Faso to Afghanistan, Pakistan and India, and elsewhere. In these images, white arabesques dance on red walls, and abacus-like mud colonnades shield farmers from sun and wind; mud is "twisted" into playful columns, sculpted into ornate facade relief, and massed into lofty towers of majestic mosques. This edition's new afterword discusses adobe politics in New Mexico, and illustrates the authors' own adobe home.
Noted Africanist Basil Davidson contributes an introduction that surveys centuries of interplay between Islam, older cultures, and the deserts of Africa and Asia.

Publisher: New York : Aperture Foundation, c1996
Edition: 2nd ed
ISBN: 9780893816728
Branch Call Number: 721.04422 B666s 1996
Characteristics: 196 p. : col. ill. ; 31 cm


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