Vernacular Heritage as a Response to Climate: Lessons for future climate resilience from Rize, Turkey

G. Aktürk*, Hannah Fluck

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Vernacular heritage is undergoing rapid changes caused by the effects of the changing climate, such as loss of lands, biodiversity, building materials, integrity, traditional knowledge, and maladaptation. However, little is known about the causes of deterioration in vernacular heritage sites under changing climate and landscape conditions from a user perspective. This paper provides insights into the perceptions of local people on climate change and how it has changed the landscape in the Fındıklı district of Rize in the Eastern Black Sea area of Turkey. The study proposed analyzing vernacular architecture as a heritage category for localizing the management of climate change impacts using field survey, on-site observations, and unstructured interviews with local people. The results of the shared concerns regarding the changing climate and landscapes from a local perspective evoke the use of narratives as a tool for local authorities to include local communities in building resilience of cultural heritage to climate change.
Original languageEnglish
Article number276
Number of pages20
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2022


  • Climate adaptation
  • Climate narratives
  • Climate resilience
  • Climate stories
  • Vernacular heritage


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