Vernacular architecture is a style that is based primarily on sustainability; The use of the local materials that are abundantly available, furthermore, maintain tradition and culture. This architectural style is critical to the development of our modern cities. We live in a time where global warming, poverty, and marginalization are all real concerns that effect the development of our societies whether good or bad, that depends on the point of view.


Building sustainable is building smart, although this concept has never left the world of architecture it sure has faded, but there seems to be a resurgence for building a better world. Contemporary architecture seems to be so divers yet so generic. There many of those who defy that way of creation and bring back architecture to its roots and traditions. Protecting the environment has become so crucial now more than ever and the aim of sustainability in architecture is to minimize the negative impact construction has and to increase the efficiency of buildings.


'El Arte de la Rialedad' by Juhani Pallasmaa is an article that speaks about vernacular architecture and sustainability as well as providing examples of those who practice this style and have made the  effort bringing sustainable housing to poorly developed areas around the world. The architects mentioned are few of the pioneers who are leading contemporary architecture to a bright and sustainable future. Kéré, who is one of those architects, was able to create a housing complex in a third-world country using the abundant material of the land bringing down costs, keeping in tradition, and materialized a concept of sustainability.


Another architect is Carla Juacaba who created  Casa Rio Bonito by in brazil that best exemplifies the strategies previously talked about. Her design is emotionally intense but simple in form. Her dedication to sustainability and design as co-dependent aspects of a project is what makes her a leader in this movement towards a better and brighter future in the world of vernacular architecture.


Sustainability also has connections to other concepts that affect contemporary architecture like industrialization, it's no doubt that industries have affected the world in both negative and positive ways but it is possible to take the idea of mass production to the next level with sustainability as many companies have done by building sustainable houses that are produced in bulk and shipped to areas affected by natural disasters.


In conclusion, one can’t talk about the future without the thought of improvement. Sustainable architecture can defiantly boost the economy and help the environment.

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