WITH PICK, AXE, AND TROWEL: The Folk Architecture of the Americas
A visual exploration of the relationships between natural and cultural contexts and their influences on traditional or “folk” building forms in America: from Native American longhouses and pueblos, to settlers’ cabins and farmsteads, from covered bridges and sugarhouses, to meetinghouses and Shaker villages. This course focuses on the small but fascinating traditional structures built using “architecture without architects.” (This course is intended to be a separate but complementary course to “Folk Architecture of the World.”
Instructor Arne Aho has taught architecture and basic design for more than 40 years at North Carolina State University, Mississippi State University, and Norwich University, where he started the new Architecture Program and served as its first Director. He was educated at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the University of Pennsylvania, where he studied under the internationally recognized architect, Louis I. Kahn. Arne has many publications on materials and energies in design, vernacular (folk) architecture, and the relationships between natural and built environments. In addition to numerous design awards, he has received distinguished teaching recognition, including the Burlington Northern Outstanding Teacher Award (MSU) and the Dana Distinguished Professor (NU).
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