El color en la arquitectura vernácula - República Dominicana

Flores Sasso, Virginia, Prieto Vicioso, Esteban, Ruiz Valero, Letzai, Fernández Flores, Gabriela and Fermín Brens, Tania (2021) El color en la arquitectura vernácula - República Dominicana. Other. Organización del Gran Caribe para los Monumentos y Sitios - República Dominicana, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, 74p. ISBN 978-9945-9028-2-2. [Book]

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Abstract (in English)

Colour in Dominican vernacular architecture, albeit always present and attracting attention, has been little studied and valued. Its origins are often attributed to African influence without any documentary basis. Furthermore, colour is compared with other regions of the Caribbean, forgetting that colour actually reflects people and their history, as their natural expression passed down from generation to generation. Vernacular architecture is conditioned by the environment and natural resources found in immediate surroundings with some changes and adjustments over time. It acts as a territorial reference and becomes part of the rural landscape. It is an exponent of the historical social structure of the village reflected in a shared code, which, although not explicit in words or deeds, is understood and reveals differences through various features and ornamental elements in a subtle hierarchy. Among these distinctive features of vernacular architecture is the colour applied to the exterior, the interior, the furniture and ornamental and constructive details. For this reason, and after many years of observation and study of the Dominican vernacular architecture and the behaviour of its inhabitants and builders, we decided to share our experience on colour. For this purpose, this book has been divided into four sections: the first deals with Dominican vernacular architecture, its origins and evolution; the second deals with the presence of colour in Dominican vernacular architecture and the types of paints used over time; the third deals with colour in vernacular furniture and ornaments, its importance and meaning; and finally are listed the colour patterns used in Dominican vernacular architecture. Vernacular architecture, with all its splendour and colour, forms part of the historic rural landscape and is part of the identity of the Dominican people. We must value it and fight to prevent it from disappearing. We must set aside the label of an architecture of the poor, because it is not; it is a sustainable architecture, which respects and adapts to the environment, is ours, responds to our needs and constituted the habitat of all our people for several centuries. This architecture is the only one that has been the protagonist of our history, from the arrival of the Europeans to the present day. We should therefore be proud of our vernacular architecture. [Translated from the authors' introduction in Spanish.]

Item Type: Book (Other)
Flores Sasso, Virginia
Prieto Vicioso, Esteban
Ruiz Valero, Letzai
Fernández Flores, Gabriela
Fermín Brens, Tania
Languages: Spanish
Keywords: vernacular architecture; colours; Dominican Republic; natural materials; house painting; huts; furniture
Subjects: C.ARCHITECTURE > 04. Building materials
C.ARCHITECTURE > 07. Decorations and ornaments
H.HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 27. Vernacular architecture
P. GEOGRAPHIC AREAS > 01. Americas
National Committee: Dominican Republic
International Scientific Committee: Vernacular Architecture
Number of Pages: 74
ISBN: 978-9945-9028-2-2
Depositing User: ICOMOS DocCentre
Date Deposited: 31 Mar 2023 16:19
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2023 16:19
URI: https://openarchive.icomos.org/id/eprint/2761

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