Neo- Vernacular Architecture: A Paradigm shift


  • Yamini Rajpu, Santosh Tiwari


Architectural profession nowadays is embedded with sky-high carbon content; as the buildings innately possess towering embodied energy. Such issues degrade the natural environment and prove fatal for it. While trying to find the safer route, the only alternative we get is “Vernacular Architecture practice”. But the fact is that in the current scenario, unadulterated vernacular practices could not be adopted due to the evolving lifestyle. Also, the influence of modernism accounts for the concealing and diminishing of vernacular principles and; consequently, deviating from the local traditions and culture too.  There is an urgent need for a paradigm shift to take advantage of Vernacular Architecture principles and recent technological advancement in the construction industry to fulfill the needs of our modern lifestyle with minimal environmental impacts.

The paper aims to establish the principles and definition of “NEO-VERNACULAR ARCHITECTURE”. This analytical research perceives to create a backdrop for the subject. Henceforth, exploring a path of ‘Energy Efficient Architectural Practices’ to attain ‘Sustainability’.

Neo-Vernacular Architecture incorporates climatic considerations, local vernacular principles, modern construction techniques, and cultural adherence. Incorporation of vernacular elements would also create employment opportunities for local craftsmen and attain Socio-economic sustainability too. It is the most efficacious way to marry the past and present to reap a sustainable future. The predominant concern of environmental degradation can also be dealt with neo-vernacular practices. The buildings when designed with the local context, rejuvenate the cultural and geographical identity of buildings. In modern times, neo-vernacular architecture is the definite solution for essential modern requirements and unnoticed vernacular principles.


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Yamini Rajpu, Santosh Tiwari. (2020). Neo- Vernacular Architecture: A Paradigm shift. PalArch’s Journal of Archaeology of Egypt / Egyptology, 17(9), 7356 - 7380. Retrieved from