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Vernacular Architecture is globally known as “building green” as it focuses on the local use of materials and climatically optimized structures, e.g. passive heating and cooling (Henna, Saifudeen & Mani, 2021). Vernacular African Architecture materials include earth buildings, straw roofing, in-ground cold storage, and most importantly, shared spaces. Over the years, Western design standards have diminished the prevalence of vernacular African architecture largely due to the lack of costing methods and standardized schematics that are compatible with modern conveniences such as electricity and plumbing. There are no laws against putting electric wiring and other conveniences in a traditional mud hut but the structural strength of the walls is not designed for heavy load-bearing. Rather than trying to retrofit vernacular African architecture to meet modern building standards, we echo Henna, Saifudeen, and Mani’s (2021) proposal to integrate vernacular architecture design elements into modern building design and spaces.

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