Sunday, March 6, 2011

cultural one

While I never made it to Aarhaus I did make it to the Danish village of Dysskilde. I heard about it first from a fellow American design student, and it peaked my interest so much that I eventually travelled to Dysskilde. This area is deemed an ecological village which by Robert Gilmans' definition is a balance between the human scale and an attempt to integrate into the natural world.
As an interesting by-product of the two previous factors an ecological village is a place where you can showcase vernacular architecture. This term can be boiled down to two factors what is the climate like? The other being what are the natural resources? So an eco-village would then be built by locals that understand the land, environmental factors, as well as designing in a sustainable way that uses local resources.
Dysskilde is a all year round residential kolonihave. The collage pictured to the right are some of the examples of typical homes found in this neighborhood. Some homes are built out of clay that was originally sand which was moved when the foundation was being laid out. Homes here often have roofs built from twigs, straw, or sedum this is to regulate temperatures through out seasons. The windows on the homes are designed to capture the most of the suns southern exposure. Chimney's are placed in the center of homes to maximize heat distribution.
The Danish vernacular and cultural landscapes live outside of these private communities. For example they can be found as part of a collection for a museum, and there are also individual home owners that use these styles to celebrate their heritage. 

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