Can Contemporary and Vernacular Merge into a Singular Concept?

Most often, the words contemporary and traditional appear to be in direct disparity with one another. However, this is precisely why architecture can be so invaluable as it can take out a solution in resolving the differences. Vernacular Architecture has played a vital part in defining the architecture and in shaping the conception of contemporaneity. Elements that have evolved using technology and local materials appearing from cultural and natural environments help create optimal parallels between users, and their surroundings of sustainable design are fundamental to traditional architecture. Herzog and De Meuron, known for their reappraisal of traditional architectural elements, said, "Architectural discourse values the vernacular for its beauty, environmental performance, seamless connection to the landscape, and use of local materials, and the craft of its making." (Meuron, 2) The significance of vernacular buildings is that it has essential lessons that we can learn from today. The term vernacular architecture has previously been associated with backwardness in comparison to advancement and development. It is standardized as referring to simple forms hence, leading to the demolition of such buildings. However, these structures are now being replaced with buildings that consume high-energy and have severe negative impacts on the environment of a region. However, due to modernization, several vernacular structures have been demolished.