Spectacular Vernacular: Traditional Adobe Architecture

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Spectacular Vernacular: The Adobe Tradition. Photographs by Carollee Pelos; Commentary by JeanLouis Bourgeois with a new afterword and images by the authors; Essay by Basil Davidson. Spectacular Vernacular celebrates the beauty, variety, and efficiency of traditional adobe architecture in West Africa, Southwest Asia, and the American Southwest.

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Spectacular Vernacular: The Adobe Tradition. Photographs by Carollee Pelos; Commentary by JeanLouis Bourgeois with a new afterword and images by the authors; Essay by Basil Davidson. Spectacular Vernacular celebrates the beauty, variety, and efficiency of traditional adobe architecture in West Africa, Southwest Asia, and the American Southwest.

150 four-color photographs, 9 x 12, 196 pages. paperback;

By turns delicate and massive, geometric and freeform, indigenous adobe construction displays visual richness as well as technical ingenuity. A remarkable range of forms and styles stand as stunning as any fabled city of myth and imagination - or any post-modern metropolis."

Black Arts New York: Newsletter of the Harlem Cultural Council

"The startling beauty of traditional adobe architecture is shown in its warmth and harmony with nature... The photographs suggest 'architecture grown out of the earth and texturally almost indistinguishable from it...'"

The Voice Literary Supplement

A survey of the architecture of Mali, Mauritania, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India and the U.S. that celebrates the adobe tradition.

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A charming study in word and picture (abundant, good, color) of the mud buildings of the world. The subjects occur in Mali, Burkina Faso, India, Mauritania, Afghanistan, Pakistan (a bit in the US southwest). Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780893813918
  • Publisher: Aperture Foundation
  • Publication date: 12/1/1989
  • Pages: 192

Table of Contents

Preface 9
Introduction: Desert Crescent: Islam and Ancestral Cultures in West African History 12
Ch. 1 The Image of the Desert 31
Ch. 2 Mud in Our Eyes 41
Ch. 3 Townscapes 47
Ch. 4 Mud Stands Up: Constructing Adobe Architecture 55
Ch. 5 Entrances and Households 63
Ch. 6 The Decorated Wall 71
Ch. 7 Roofs 87
Ch. 8 Wind and Ventilation 93
Ch. 9 Sacred Mud: Shrines and West African Mosques 107
Ch. 10 Asking the Good and the Strong: Afghan Muslim Shrines 121
Ch. 11 Stealing and Restoring Glory: Histories of the Great Mosques of Djenne 127
Ch. 12 Mud Versus Money: Adobe in Africa, Asia, and the U. S. Southwest 157
Appendix: Plaster Problems: Adobe Codes in the U. S. Southwest 166
Notes 175
Photographic Notes 181
Bibliography 183
Acknowledgments 188
Index 190
Afterword: Adobe Politics in New Mexico 192
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