Vernacular is not a style, and vernacular architecture is not a static depiction of the romantic past. Departing from an understanding of vernacular forms, as forms molded not by designers but by the slow pattern of changes within the tradition (Alexander, 1964), I am not sure whether architects can claim to produce vernacular architecture in any case, but maybe an architecture that emerges from its place. This type of architecture oughts to be connected to the local economy, and source materials from the region but does not have to look like folklore. It is gradually affected by small changes in building technology. It is constructed using the technology at hand, which ranges from building a groutless stone wall to mark a plot’s borders, to constructing a concrete slab cast in wooden planks.

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