IN PRAISE OF THE VERNACULAR
…These strands of urban development, like the restored small house at Him Kolli 13, are as anonymous as they are unique. Anonymous, or authorless, in the sense of stemming from a completely spontaneous architecture, albeit one based on a well-defined archetype, scattered throughout the Mediterranean; unique for the craft itself and the ad mensural approach of their construction. The house is a quiet but powerful statement. Within its spaces, we encounter different types of doors with completely strange and bizarre proportions, some of them large, and others very little, often smaller than the windows themselves; these frames are the object of their crafters’ art, and enable the general flexibility presented by the adobe house. Traditional houses manifest and promote a sustainable and ecological lifestyle. From their materials: bricks, adobe and ceramics, to the many healthy practices of the past, that their spaces still call for, these houses remain a bright promise for the future, as well as custodians of an important intangible cultural heritage, which over the centuries has resisted many, often imported, “civilizations”.