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aspect ratio six the vernacular architecture of new orleans and florida

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wikipedia on vernacular architecture

methods of construction which use locally available resources and traditions to address local needs and circumstances.

The term “commercial vernacular”, popularized in the late 1960s by Robert Venturi’s “Learning from Las Vegas,” refers to 20th century American suburban tract and commercial architecture.

The vernacular’ can be contrasted with ‘the polite’, which is characterised by stylistic elements of design intentionally incorporated by a professional architect for aesthetic purposes which go beyond a building’s functional requirements.

Vernacular architecture is a term used to categorize

Culture also has a great influence on the appearance of vernacular buildings, as occupants often decorate buildings in accordance with local customs and beliefs. Vernacular architecture: “...a building designed by an amateur

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without any training in design; the individual will have been guided by a series of conventions built up in his locality, paying little attention to what may be fashionable.”—Ronald Brunskill Architecture designed by professional architects is usually not considered to be vernacular. Indeed, it can be argued that the very process of consciously designing a building makes it not vernacular.


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the “commercial vernacular” of new orleans? BAYOU DECO SWEET AS SUCRE

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When one thinks of the architecture of New Orleans, one usually thinks of wroughtiron balconies, Neo-classical plantations, or gingerbread Victorian geegaws and gimcracks. One can easily forget — if one ever realized it—that in many respects, New Orleans is a quintessentially American mid-century city. Last century that is! Nowhere in the Big Easy is this more obvious than in the commercial areas, faded as well as gentrified, scattered throughout the city but especially uptown along Magazine and Freret streets. these buildings exemplify what architect Robert Venturi would call “commercial vernacular.”


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USNER BROS

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HARDWARE AND SYMMETRY

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TATTOO YALLER

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BLUE AND GREY BUILDINGS

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FADED GLORY

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COMMUNITY COFFEE HOUSE

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LOCAL STYLE ON FRENCHMEN

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LE TOUR EIFFEL PLUS GAS

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BUILDING WITH THREE ARCHES

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in“the pocket,” boynton beach, fla. beachhouse bauhaus YELLOW BUNGALOW

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Opposite Briny Breezes (one of America’s unique permanent trailer park communities) is a deliciously authentic, city-square-block-sized, isolated beachfront community of one-way car-width streets with a 10 mph speed limit. It is what is called an “unincorporated” area and has no official name. some residents refer to it as “the hood” but most people call it “the pocket.”Many are bungalow-style but quite a few are simple cinderblock structures. if there were ever architect involvement it was minimal. most of these structures seem to have ‘jus grown, like Topsy.


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DOUBLE CUBE WITH KAYAK

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BLUE-EYED HOUSE

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YELLOW HOUSE AND FENCE

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BEHIND THE HEDGE

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STUDY IN BAMBOO AND BRICK

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DOUBLE ENTENDRE

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YARD WITH TWO LAWN CHAIRS

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ON THE CORNER

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VIEW OF BRINY BREEZES

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Aspect Ratio Six: bayou deco. beachhouse bauhaus.  

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