VerSus: Lessons from Vernacular Heritage to Sustainable Architecture
VerSus: Lessons from Vernacular Heritage to Sustainable Architecture

The project aimed to gain knowledge from fundamental lessons of vernacular heritage, and to explore new ways to apply those principles into contemporary sustainable architecture. VERSUS was based on the identification of principles and strategies within vernacular heritage to define a conceptual approach for sustainable architectural design. From the analysis and interpretation of vernacular and contemporary architecture case studies, a research method was developed within architecture schools, to provide an operative knowledge regarding the sustainability of contemporary architecture at environmental, social and economical levels. Vernacular heritage is a great resource to define principles for sustainable design and contemporary architecture. Vernacular heritage and its traditional know-how are undervalued and little considered in an increased globalised world, though significant ecological and sustainable lessons can be learned from it, with an enormous potential for implementation in contemporary sustainable societies.

Nombre del proyecto

VerSus: Lessons from Vernacular Heritage to Sustainable Architecture


ESG/ Escola Superior Gallaecia and Partners

Sitio web






European Award for Architectural Heritage Intervention AADIPA, Category D






Coordinator: Mariana Correia
Project Leader: ESG/ Escola Superior Gallaecia, Portugal

Partners: UNIFI/ Università degli Studi di Firenze, Italy; UPV/ Universitat Politènica de València, Spain; CRAterre-ENSAG/ Centre International d’Architecture de Terre – Ecole National Supérieur d’Architecture de Grenoble, France; and UNICA/ Università degli Studi di Cagliari, Italy.

The project had the co-funding of the European Union and received the support of the Chair UNESCO-Earthen Architecture, Building Cultures & Sustainable Development; ICOMOS-ISCEAH (Earthen Architecture); and ICOMOS-CIAV (Vernacular Architecture).

Organizado por

col·legi arquitectes de catalunya AADIPA

Patrocinado por

Ajuntament de Barcelona Departament de Cultura Generalitat


rehabimed universitat politècnica de catalunya architectes du patrimoine arquia Consejo Superior de Colegios de Arquitectos de España Colegio Oficial de Arquitectos Vasconavarro Fundación Docomomo Ibérico Fundació Mies van der Rohe