Formed from a direct attitude, vernacular architecture is a declaration of the nature of the buildings and people; way of living and construction become one. Understanding and accumulated wisdom pass through skilled craftworkers to a unity of simple masonry. And the result provides harmony between buildings, environs, and Mediterranean quality of light. Taking pleasure in exploring parts of Greece, cradle of early civilization, we're aware of a wonderful sense of Place. Furthermore, among our strongest memories are those of seeing new settings with fresh eyes.
Let's discover some of Greece's fascinating village and hilltop architecture with its labyrinthic yet unified forms -- often organically built communities responsive to rugged setting. Always humane!
Traditional Greek architecture often exclaims that the interaction of architecture with its site is crucial as it speaks of the association between people, their values, and the natural state. The Greeks had a deep regard for their landscape and chose memorable positions of significance for their buildings -- assembled to human scale and invariably with a sense of belonging.
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See also my matching books on vernacular architecture of the Alpes-Maritimes, and Southern Italy.
Peter Sheppard is a national-award winning architect, university Senior Lecturer, and Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Architects.
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