The African Vernacular Architecture Data Base, an online project initiated and maintained by architect Jon Sojkowski, is an important and welcome new source of information about vernacular building practices in Africa. Conceived as a visual database of building types categorized by location, it includes photographs submitted by numerous contributors. Although sparsely annotated and lacking a comprehensive scientific methodology, this online project is an important contribution to the field of architectural history and will prove valuable to practicing architects and social scientists interested in the vernacular building traditions of Africa.

Sojkowski, a registered architect based in Beaufort, South Carolina, began collecting images of vernacular architecture in Africa in 1997–98...

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