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Arquitectura vernácula y patrimonio. La arquitectura sin arquitectos, la memoria y la identidad

Hidalgo Arellano, José Ángel (2018) Arquitectura vernácula y patrimonio. La arquitectura sin arquitectos, la memoria y la identidad. In: Arquitectura y Sociedad. Aproximaciones temáticas. Anáhuac México, pp. 244-254. ISBN 9786078566143

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Abstract

Vernacular architecture introduces itself without intermediaries. There are no architects. The work is self-introduced, speaking freely, without any explanations or reasons on the author. We only have its presence and acknowledge its essence through direct contact. When we visit traditional villages we feel overwhelmed by the nature and abundance of the architecture. We stand staring, even unable to express it.. Executed with no architects, it has always included every detail and denied no data. In its own environment, vernacular architecture has always responded to any requirement, producing an original, coherent and synthetic solution. The present article is a reflection on some works of vernacular architecture, attempting to unveil the deepest reasons that produced the forms of vernacular architecture as we see them today. The images analyzed allowed us to discover that architecture, rather than explaining its own past, contains its past. Vernacular architecture allows us to discover a large number of design strategies such as formal economy, adaptation to topography, section development… just by paying attention and allowing the work to express itself. As we discover how vernacular architecture addresses the environment, we also unveil some powerful rules that seem to be engraved in the architectural logic. Beyond the architectural “stylish or historical” heritage, vernacular architecture represents an unvaluable architectonical corpus, that represents an interesting document including invaluable information on intra-history and, at the same time, is an inexhaustible source of dialogue for contemporary architecture.

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