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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.

Introduction: earthen architecture, an endangered vernacular heritage

Guest Editor: Mariana Correia and Gilberto Duarte Carlos

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