Students will be introduced to the vernacular architecture of northern New England and the history of the design/build movement of the latter half of the 20th century. Guest lectures, field trips, readings and discussions will provide a survey of shelter types and strategies in Vermont’s difficult climate as well as the evolution of design/build. This course will also examine the historical, social, and economic issues surrounding housing and architecture in the region. Issues such as bioregionalism, historic preservation and land use will also be explored. Students will analyze the climatic responses of vernacular building features to inform their work, as they consider the social, cultural, and economic factors driving the evolution of certain forms, building types, and aesthetic choices. Special interest will also be paid to the Bauhaus teaching philosophy developed by Johannes Itten, its migration to the Unites States, and its ultimate implementation as part of the practical approach applied in the late 60’s and 70’s by Vermont Design/Builders.
This course is available to Sterling students through our partnership with Yestermorrow Design/Build School. For more information about Sterling’s partnership with Yestermorrow please visit this page.