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Books in this section are examples of materials that provide guidance on the methods, principles and procedures of studying vernacular architecture. They discuss ways to analyze vernacular architecture and the built environment including cultural and sociological aspects and influences. For a broader scope, see the
Methodology section of the Environmental Design Library Guide: History of Architecture.
Analyzing activity areas, an ethnoarchaeological study of the use of space / Susan Kent. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1984.
Approaches to the study of traditional dwellings and settlements / Desmond Clark [et al.]. Berkeley, CA: Center for Environmental Design Research, University of California at Berkeley, 1989. Traditional dwellings and settlements working paper series, v. 4.
Changing methodologies in the field of traditional-environment research / William Bechhoefer [et al.]. Berkeley, CA: Center for Environmental Design Research, University of California, Berkeley, 1994. Traditional dwellings and settlements working paper series; v. 61.
Close-up, how to read the American city / Grady Clay. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1980. A Phoenix book P863.
Everyday America: cultural landscape studies after J.B. Jackson / edited by Chris Wilson and Paul Groth. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2003. Electronic version available
Everyday architecture of the Mid-Atlantic, looking at buildings and landscapes / Gabrielle M. Lanier and Bernard L. Herman. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1997. Creating the North American landscape.
Eyewitnessing : the uses of images as historical evidence / Peter Burke. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2001. Picturing history series.
Gender, class, and shelter / edited by Elizabeth Collins Cromley and Carter L. Hudgins. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 1995. Perspectives in vernacular architecture ; 5.
The grand domestic revolution: a history of feminist designs for American homes, neighborhoods, and cities / by Dolores Hayden. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 1981
Houses and homes, exploring their history / Barbara J. Howe [et al.]. Nashville, Tenn.: American Association for State and Local History, 1987. Nearby history series; 2.
In small things forgotten : an archaeology of early American life / James Deetz ; illustrated by Amy Elizabeth Grey. Rev. and expanded ed. New York: Anchor Books/Doubleday, 1996.
Instructions for recording historical resources, California Office of Historic Preservation. Sacramento: Office of Historic Preservation, 1995.
Interpretation of historic sites / William T. Alderson, Shirley Payne Low. Nashville : American Association for State and Local History, 1976.
The Interpretation of ordinary landscapes, geographical essays / by D. W. Meinig, editor; J. B. Jackson [et al.] New York: Oxford University Press, 1979. "Interpretation of vernacular architecture, a critical review" / by Roderick J. Lawrence in
Vernacular Architecture, vol. 14, 1983, p. 19-28.
Invitation to vernacular architecture: a guide to the study of ordinary buildings and landscapes / Thomas Carter [et al.] Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 2005. Vernacular architecture studies series. Table of contents.
Key thinkers on space and place / 2nd. ed. edited by Phil Hubbard and Rob Kitchin. Los Angeles: Sage publications, 2011.
Learning from things: method and theory of material culture studies / edited by W. David Kingery. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1996.
Material culture: a research guide / edited by Thomas J. Schlereth. Lawrence, Kan.: University Press of Kansas, 1985.
Measured drawing for architects / Robert Chitham. London: Architectural Press, 1980.
Methodological analysis of traditional environments / Anne Hublin [et al.]. Berkeley, CA: Center for Environmental Design Research, University of California at Berkeley, 1989. Traditional dwellings and settlements working paper series; v. 2.
Methods of traditional environment research / Eeva Aarrevaara [et al.]. Berkeley, CA: Center for Environmental Design Research, University of California, Berkeley, 1994. Traditional dwellings and settlements working paper series; v. 62.
Methods of traditional environment research: ideology, philosophy and representation / Rachel Fletcher [et al.]. Berkeley, Calif: Center for Environmental Design Research, University of California, Berkeley, 1994. Traditional dwellings and settlements working paper series; v. 65.
Nearby history, exploring the past around you / David E. Kyvig and Myron A. Marty. 2nd ed. Walnut Creek, CA: AltaMira Press, 2000. American Association for State and Local History book series.
Public places, exploring their history / Gerald A. Danzer. Walnut Creek, CA: AltaMira Press, published in cooperation with the American Association for State and Local History, 1997. American Association for State and Local History book series.
Reading architectural plans: for residential and commercial construction / Ernest R. Weidhaas. 5th ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 2002.
Right before your eyes, penetrating the urban environment / Grady Clay. Washington, D.C.: American Planning Association; Chicago, Ill.: Planners Press, 1987.
Town architecture, Blacksburg: understanding a Virginia town / Donna Dunay; Blacksburg, VA: Town of Blacksburg, the College of Architecture and Urban Studies, and the Extnesion Division, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 1986.
Understanding architectural drawings: a guide for non-architects / John J. Cullinane. Washington, D.C.: Preservation Press, National Trust for Historic Preservation, 1993.
Understanding ordinary landscapes / edited by Paul Groth and Todd W. Bressi. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1997.