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Earthen Architecture, an Endangered Vernacular Heritage

Throughout the centuries, earthen and vernacular architecture have revealed outstanding building cultures across the globe. This rich and unique architecture is expressed through different tangible expressions in distinct cultural regions. Nonetheless, for the last twenty years, even with the rising awareness for its protection, this fragile earthen and vernacular heritage is now at risk due to urban pressure, globalisation, and climate change. This Special Issue intends to share the exceptional heritage that is still witnessed in the five continents, and the challenges that this endanger heritage is facing to survive.

Articles will undergo the journal’s standard peer-review process and are subject to all of the journal’s standard policies, including those pertaining to Collections. Articles will be added to the Collection as they are published.

Introduction: earthen architecture, an endangered vernacular heritage

Guest Editor's: Mariana Correia, UPT – Portucalense University, Portugal and Gilberto Duarte Carlos, UPT – Portucalense University, Portugal.

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  1. Global climate change has caused general and serious damage to cultural heritage sites, and earthen settlements and buildings are particularly vulnerable to water-affected disasters. Thus, this paper uses Lian...

    Authors: Yong Shao, Yue Chen and Jianming Su
    Citation: Built Heritage 2022 6:22
  2. The state of the art of earthen architecture and vernacular built heritage comprises a complex set of issues that range from fundamental problematic recognition to anthropological and cultural studies and, mor...

    Authors: Gilberto Carlos, Telma Ribeiro, Maddalena Achenza, Cristina Cruz Ferreira de Oliveira and Humberto Varum
    Citation: Built Heritage 2022 6:15
  3. Recently, many cultural aspects of some African countries have been in danger of being lost due to cultural disruptions, nonadaptive construction techniques and a lack of adequate conservation systems and stra...

    Authors: Oussouby Sacko
    Citation: Built Heritage 2021 5:26
  4. For more than a decade, a wide range of Spanish case studies, relating especially to rural inner or abandoned sites and areas, have been analysed by the authors as part of different research projects linked wi...

    Authors: Camilla Mileto, Fernando Vegas López-Manzanares, Valentina Cristini and Lidía García Soriano
    Citation: Built Heritage 2021 5:24
  5. Contemporary architecture seems to turn its back on the past in terms of the raw materials taken from the environment, their transformation into building components and the way they are assembled to create bui...

    Authors: Sebastien Moriset, Bakonirina Rakotomamonjy and David Gandreau
    Citation: Built Heritage 2021 5:19
  6. Vernacular earthen architecture presents a series of relevant conservation challenges that involve designing solutions for different kinds of alterations and degradations. Other challenges of a social nature s...

    Authors: Jorge Tomasi and Julieta Barada
    Citation: Built Heritage 2021 5:13