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Adwait Ambekar, Adnan Motiwala, Riya Khinvasara, Pragati Shingade, Shanaya Wadia, Tasneem Vali
Environmental Studies
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Ar. Richa Raut

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Vernacular architecture refers to a local or regional construction practiced by the natives usually as a response to the vivid climatic conditions of the region. Pueblo Architecture is the traditional architecture practiced by the people of Albuquerque, New Mexico. The climate of this region can be classified as arid with low precipitation and abundant sunshine, low relative humidity, and a relatively large annual and diurnal temperature range.

Characteristics of Pueblo architecture include large multi-level buildings, numerous contiguous rooms (rooms that touch one another or share a boundary wall), terraced design, and open-air plazas. Traditional Pueblo architectural design did not include doors, and in traditional buildings, each level was accessible by exterior and interior rooftop ladders. Contemporary Pueblo villages incorporate modern architectural elements and infrastructure (such as electricity, plumbing, glass windows, and exterior doors).

There are many striking features which make it habitable in extreme climates. High thermal mass, the choice of material, south facing windows, high air vents, flat roofs, rooftop plantation, staggered form and good ventilation allowed the structure to remain cool in the high temperatures. The houses are truly ingenious with an exemplary understanding of climate and technology.

Pueblo Architecture

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