Traditional Buildings: A Global Survey of Structural Forms and Cultural Functions

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I.B.Tauris, Sep 15, 2007 - Architecture - 339 pages
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Based on a lifelong professional and personal interest, Traditional Buildings presents a unique survey of vernacular architecture across the globe. The reader is taken on a fascinating tour of traditional building around the world, which includes the loess cave homes of central China, the stilt houses on the shores of Dahomey, the housebarns of Europe and North America, the wind towers of Iran, the Bohio houses of the Arawak indians of the Caribbean, and much more. Professor's Noble's extensive travels have allowed him to examine many of the building at close quarters and the richly illustrated text includes photographs from the his personal collection. With its comprehensive and detailed bibliography the work will be welcomed by experts and non-specialists alike.
  

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Contents

Introduction Terminology and Disciplines
1
Function and Form
18
Plan and Elevation
42
Location and Orientation
63
Building Materials and Construction Methods Earth Materials
82
Building Materials and Construction Methods Wood and Related Materials
102
AboveGround and Excavated Structures
123
Coverings and Climate
146
Openings Doors and Windows
195
Heating and Cooling
215
Ceremony and Decoration
234
Communal Dwellings and Seasonal Shelters
254
Change versus Constancy
274
References Cited
295
Index
335
Copyright

Threats ManMade and Natural Hazards
176

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Page 308 - Die Volksarchitektur in Westbulgarien im 19. und zu Beginn des 20. Jahrhunderts. Brno, Universita JE Purkyne 1966.

About the author (2007)

Allen G. Noble is distinguished Professor Emeritus, Department of Geography & Planning , at the University of Akron, Ohio.

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