This book presents 25 international housing schemes that draw on traditional vernacular principles whilst taking into account modern day materials, methods and financial or energy requirements. The aim is to show how, despite mass housing needs, we can design quality modern schemes that ‘fit’ their surroundings and generate a sense of place, community and regional identity – rather than the poor quality, identikit housing currently seen wherever you are in the UK.

chapter |3 pages


part Part 1|23 pages

View on the Vernacular

chapter 1.1|6 pages

Housing – The British View

chapter 1.2|6 pages

What is Contemporary Vernacular Design?

chapter 1.3|10 pages

Contemporary Vernacular Design Qualities

part Part 2|56 pages

UK Housing

chapter 2.1|4 pages

Barking, London

chapter 2.2|4 pages

Burnham Overy Staithe, Norfolk

chapter 2.3|6 pages

Derwenthorpe, York

chapter 2.4|6 pages

Elmswell, Suffolk

chapter 2.5|4 pages

Fulmodeston and Barney, Norfolk

chapter 2.6|6 pages

New Islington, Manchester

chapter 2.7|4 pages

Osprey Quay, Portland

chapter 2.8|6 pages

Plockton, Scottish Highlands

chapter 2.9|4 pages

St Fagans, Cardiff

chapter 2.10|6 pages

Swindon, Wiltshire

part Part 3|34 pages


chapter 3.1|4 pages

Ashley Vale, Bristol

chapter 3.2|4 pages

Copper Lane, London

chapter 3.3|6 pages

Lancaster Co-Housing, Halton

chapter 3.4|4 pages

LILAC, Leeds

chapter 3.5|6 pages

Springhill Co-Housing, Stroud

chapter 3.6|4 pages

Sieben Linden, Germany

part Part 4|38 pages


chapter 4.1|6 pages

Biesland, Netherlands

chapter 4.2|4 pages

Eden Bio, France

chapter 4.3|8 pages

Lake Constance, Germany

chapter 4.4|6 pages

Vetlanda, Sweden

chapter 4.5|8 pages

Vorarlberg, Austria

part Part 5|38 pages

Rest of the World

chapter 5.1|6 pages

Centro Lak’a Uta, Bolivia

chapter 5.2|8 pages

Lihir Island, Papua New Guinea

chapter 5.3|6 pages

New South Wales, Australia

chapter 5.4|6 pages

Santiago, Chile

chapter 5.5|6 pages

Yan’an, China