Interaction Among Social, Cultural and Environmental Factors in Vernacular Settlements. The Case of Korogonianika, in Lakonia, Greece
Keywords:Greek vernacular settlements, environmental assessment, socio-spatial interaction, sustainability
The article presents the main findings of a research focusing on the unique attributes of vernacular architectural heritage of Southern Greece. Sustainable vernacular architectural solutions and contemporary challenges are presented so as to put in the forefront a timely issue that needs addressing. The peril of absolute desolation and the unnecessary interventions put not only in jeopardy the value of architectural heritage but also hinder socio-spatial cohesion and sustainability. The analysis of the crucial issues is based on literature review and field work. Field work involves original cartographic depiction, photos, drawings as well as participant observation and interviews. The production of space is being studied as a result of the interaction between social and environmental factors. This interaction is portrayed through the use of a pilot case study, the village Korogonianika which is a typical and representative example for all vernacular settlements of eastern Mani.
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