What the billions of us living on this planet all need is somewhere to call home. Unfortunately, building them causes emissions, lots of them. New technologies and more sustainable materials are parts of the answer but so is the experience of regional crafts people expert in vernacular architecture: the people who know how to work with local resources in ways that support the environment.
And in the second edition of Habitat: Vernacular Architecture for a Changing Planet, edited by Dr Sandra Piesik, we learn about the people who take indigenous materials and turn them into sustainable homes. This timely publication, which has more than 1000 illustrations, brings to life years of research done by the international team of more than 100 leading experts who contributed to the book.
“It is a landmark publication, a timely and urgent story of humanity’s capacity to create architecture without jeopardizing the equilibrium of the ecosystems upon which human life depends,” said Aesthetica.
The second edition was launched at the United Nations Headquarters in New York during the Science, Innovation and Technology Forum for the Sustainable Development Goals – STI Forum 2023, where the group’s science paper and policy-brief recommendations were published.