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Vicky Richardson, New Vernacular Architecture , Laurence King Publishing, 2001, ISBN 1 85669 221 3. £39.99

Vicky Richardson, New Vernacular Architecture , Laurence King Publishing, 2001, ISBN 1 85669 221... REVIEWS Vicky Richardson, New Vernacular Architecture, Laurence King Publishing, 2001, isbn i £39.99 The rigours of taxonomy in architecture reached its zenith with Charles Jencks' meticulous categorisation of every imaginable 'ism'. His expansive mapping of movements and trends gave added legitimacy to nefarious propositions such as Postmodernism, Cosmogenics, Biomorphism, Corporate Modernism, Eco-tech, Organi-tech and Deconstruction. Anyone uncomfortable with such fastidiousness may approach Vicky Richardson's new book with a profound sense of unease. The author, in an effort to allay such concerns, assures us early on that the New Vernacular is not a new style per se, simply a shift in attitude whereby indigenous culture becomes the 'analogous inspiration' for exciting new work imbued with a heightened authenticity. The New Vernacular, we are told, has sufficient creativity and mysticism to counter the prevalent trend towards a creeping homogenisation and 'global blanding'. But is such a loose premise somewhat glib given the sheer variety of the current architectural scene? Can this notion really justify such a weighty (and not inexpensive) tome? Ms Richardson is Deputy Editor of the RIBA Journal and well placed to collate an informed guide through the complexities of contemporary architecture. She has selected 37 recent examples http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Architectural Heritage Edinburgh University Press

Vicky Richardson, New Vernacular Architecture , Laurence King Publishing, 2001, ISBN 1 85669 221 3. £39.99

Architectural Heritage , Volume 13 (13): 151 – Jan 1, 2002

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Edinburgh University Press
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1350-7524
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REVIEWS Vicky Richardson, New Vernacular Architecture, Laurence King Publishing, 2001, isbn i £39.99 The rigours of taxonomy in architecture reached its zenith with Charles Jencks' meticulous categorisation of every imaginable 'ism'. His expansive mapping of movements and trends gave added legitimacy to nefarious propositions such as Postmodernism, Cosmogenics, Biomorphism, Corporate Modernism, Eco-tech, Organi-tech and Deconstruction. Anyone uncomfortable with such fastidiousness may approach Vicky Richardson's new book with a profound sense of unease. The author, in an effort to allay such concerns, assures us early on that the New Vernacular is not a new style per se, simply a shift in attitude whereby indigenous culture becomes the 'analogous inspiration' for exciting new work imbued with a heightened authenticity. The New Vernacular, we are told, has sufficient creativity and mysticism to counter the prevalent trend towards a creeping homogenisation and 'global blanding'. But is such a loose premise somewhat glib given the sheer variety of the current architectural scene? Can this notion really justify such a weighty (and not inexpensive) tome? Ms Richardson is Deputy Editor of the RIBA Journal and well placed to collate an informed guide through the complexities of contemporary architecture. She has selected 37 recent examples

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Architectural HeritageEdinburgh University Press

Published: Jan 1, 2002

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