Research into rural architecture in a historical context raises questions about the external influences and internal forces guiding the evolution of architecture, its typological characteristics, and the determining factors of spatial organisation and architectural production. Methods of different disciplines must be applied to understand the complex relationships between object, space, and human beings. An interdisciplinary approach is imperative. Ethnological, linguistic, archaeological, and sociological methods are just as important as exact measurements and documentation of the built environment, but a standardised approach does not yet exist. The purpose of the conference is to bring together scholars working on similar projects with regard to research questions or methods and to create synergies between the ongoing projects and experts. The conference is structured to include thematic sessions and aims to reflect and to highlight the complexity inherent in the topic of vernacular architecture. The conference is organized in the framework of the DFG-financed project „Nubian Architecture“ that is carried out jointly by the Chair for History of Architecture and Urbanism of the TU Berlin and the DAI Cairo.
I will have the pleasure to present in this conference a keynote lecture the 5th of April 2019, 18h30, Hassan Fathy and Nubia: learning from the vernacular.