Contemporary vernacular as a diffusion of an innovation process

J. A. Al-Qawasmi*

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterpeer-review

4 Scopus citations


Literature shows lack of research that addresses contemporary vernacular and how it relates to vernacular traditions and modern or formal architecture. The objective of this study is to develop a theoretical model to better understand how vernacular architecture evolves and transforms over time. The diffusion of innovation (DoI) theory and latest relevant research literature were reviewed. A conceptual framework that models contemporary vernacular evolution was developed based largely on Rogers’ model of diffusion of innovation. In this model, the imported/foreign elements were modeled as externally induced innovations into the structure of the contemporary vernacular. The paper develops a framework that complementing and questioning available intellectual tools to understand contemporary vernacular.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationVernacular Heritage and Earthen Architecture
PublisherCRC Press
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781482229097
ISBN (Print)9781138000834
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2013

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2014 by Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering (all)


Dive into the research topics of 'Contemporary vernacular as a diffusion of an innovation process'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this