Most contemporary creative disciplines suffers the myth of the sole genius, icons and superstars. It is particularly pronounced in architecture, where the image of the visionary architect endures as the gold standard of the discipline’s success.
In 1964, Bernard Rudofsky, an american writer, architect, designer, collector, educator, designer, and social historian examined a whole other side of architecture in the book Architecture Without Architects: A Short Introduction to Non- Pedigreed Architecture— a fascinating lens on vernacular architecture, exploring both its functional value and its artistic richness, with a focus on indigenous tribal structures and ancient dwellings.
Underground city near Tungkwan (China)
Rudofsky peels the pretense of architecture from the creative and utilitarian acts of building to reveal a kind of vernacular, communal architecture embodying a timeless art form that springs from the intersection of human intelligence, necessity, and collective creativity.
Cliff dwellings of the Dogon tribe (Sudan)
The structures in Architecture without Architects reveal a kind of purposeful, iterative, social design process that, while dating back centuries and originating in primitive cultures, offers a powerful parallel to contemporary collaborative creation.
Hyderabad, Sind (Pakistan)
“I believe that sensory pleasure should take precedence over intellectual pleasure in art and architecture.” Bernard Rudofsky