Ethnoarchitecture.org Navigational Links (Site Map)
This map links to key
areas of Ethnoarchitecture.org.
The listed pages link to more specific
contents, which are distributed along 7745
pages in total, as of
June 10, 2010.
Please click here (or scroll down) for a description
about each of these pages.
This section of the site deals
with data, as opposed to knowledge
or ideas produced in relation to those
data. The Ethnoarchitecture.org database
came from merging together five
separate databases, one of countries,
one of groups, one of architectural types, one of architectural
models, and one of images.
You can browse the database in two different
ways. The first
one is by cultural-geographic areas,
and goes from general to specific content
levels. You may begin by navigating a
continent and then choosing a
country in that continent. Then
you can choose a group in that country,
then a type built by that group, a
model of that type, and finally an
image of that model.
List of African countries, with links
to each country page and its groups
list, as well as an excerpt from
the country's description (when this
has been posted).
Same as above, in this case for countries
of the Americas: North, Central
and South America, and the Caribbean.
Same for Asian countries, including
the Middle East.
Same for Europe.
Same for Oceania, Australia included.
The second alternative is to browse
the database by data type. Using this
alternative you will have a more general
idea about the database contents,
because you will be browsing from list
to list (as opposed to browsing
from one specific content page
List of countries, organized alphabetically.
List of groups, organized according
to the most recently edited one.
Architectural types list, organized
by most recently added type.
Architectural models list, organized
by most recently added model.
List of images, organized also by
most recently added image.
The "knowledge" area of the Web site
combines different sources of information
on traditional and vernacular architectures,
with the aim of providing a general idea
about this topic. These sources
are: academic-style articles (which include
book summaries), personal notes and observations,
specific definitions, a FAQ area, a specialized
search page, and also a link to the Spanish
version of the Web site. Aditionally, I
expect to re-launch the "news" area
of the site in the near future. The knowledge
area is separated into two sub-areas,
which are "content" and "essentials."
This area provides in-depth information
on the topic of traditional and vernacular
architectures, in the form
of articles, books excerpts and summaries,
as well as personal reflections on this
This is the link to the "news" section, which was very active
at the beginning of the project in
2004 but was taken down given that
I couldn't keep up with doing a daily
review and posting of news. This
is a very important section and
I am currently looking for somebody
to administer it.
This section includes articles I
have written, as well as articles
I have been authorized to publish
by the authors or copyright holders.
It also includes classic book
This is a sub-set of the articles
section that compiles summaries of
classic books on this topic. I
think this sub-section is very relevant
for visitors who are being introduced
to this field.
This is the "personal" area of the Web site (call it "the
blog"). It includes personal stories (the few ones I feel
comfortable sharing), but it is
mostly for personal reflections
on the issues this site is devoted
to exploring. This section also
provides a log of technical and
content updates to the project.
Ethnoarch is a bilingual project.
This is a link to the Spanish version
of the site. Some of the contents
of Etnoarquitectura.org are a translation
of those in English (or vice versa,
depending on what language they were
originally written in). Some of them
however have been specifically
written for Spanish-speaking
visitors. You can access those contents
from this link.
These are more specific pieces of information,
centered on explaining the basic concepts
in relation to this topic. Aditionally,
the concepts explained here should
be helpful for a better understanding
not only of the topic, but also of
my own perspective on that topic.
As it is explained at the beginning
of the "glossary" page,
this is an in-progress, quick reference
to important concepts in the discussion
of traditional and vernacular architectures.
Some of the definitions here come
from the own words of authors who
have theorized or reflected on these
concepts, and are conveniently quoted
and referenced. The remaining definitions
are crude notes, quickly written
in order to make this first version
of the glossary a minimally useful
One of the most common queries that
bring visitors to Ethnoarchitecture.org
is that of "what is vernacular architecture?" In
response to this and not wanting
to disappoint those visitors, I have
written a number of alternative definitions,
which are linked to from this
As opposed to "vernacular architecture," not so many people
seem to come to the site asking, "what is ethnoarchitecture?" However,
I find it necessary to also provide
a definition of this term, especially
because I want to explain what do
I mean when I use a term that
some people might find controversial.
This is a document in progress.
This is the page of frequently asked
questions about Ethnoarchitecture.org.
I think it is worth looking at
it, as a quick reference about
this project's origin, purpose and
This link goes to Ethnoarch's specialized
search form. Searching is an alternative
to browsing via these navigational
links, and it is certainly the way
to go whenever you are in a rush
(and we always are). The site
offers two searching alternatives,
Google and this one, which allows
specific queries by section (i.e.
searching only types, models, groups,
The links in this area relate to the site itself,
as opposed to the links in the two preceding
areas (database and content), which relate
to the topic instead. The first sub-area
of navigation here includes links for members'
activity, and the other has specific
information about this project.
These are the links for members to set
up their preferences, and to access
the participatory areas of the Web
This page offers several options for visitors
to contribute with their own knowledge to
the development of the ethnoarchitecture
This link takes you to the member login
form. It is necessary to be a logged in member
in order to publish, comment, post forum
topics and use any other participatory resource
of the Web site.
This is the link to the member registration
form. Registering is free and it is actually
In this page you can modify your membership
preferences, including your user name and
password, personal profile, photo, signature,
and other settings.
The project forum, which is open
to all registered members but can
also be read by anybody.
These are the links with information about Ethnoarchitecture.org.
This is a link to the project's home page.
This is a page with selected links
to other pages of the project that
help explaining it.
The page actually includes
some of the links in this list.
Here is the contact form, in case you want to
get in touch about this project.
These are the terms and conditions to use Ethnoarchitecture.org.
Finally, these are the steps the
Web site takes in order to protect
the rights to privacy and publicity
of both visitors and persons who
appear in some of the