Meem Architecture is a non-profit architectural organisation working in disaster risk reduction and environmentally sustainable international development. Its name comes from an anagram of meme, a replicable, modifiable cultural element.* In our context, meme expresses the pursuit of appropriate replicable building principles and practices, that are derived from the vernacular traditions as well as contemporary research and lab testing.
Development related interaction is an opportunity for mutual learning. Appropriateness and sustainability stand on local knowledge and understanding of social, material and climatic possibilities.
Meem Architecture group was founded in 2010 with the first MELA School project. It became registered as an organisation in the Czech Republic in 2018.
* A meme is an idea, behaviour, style or usage that spreads from person to person within a culture. (Merriam Webster dictionary).
A meme acts as a unit for carrying cultural ideas, symbols or practices that can be transmitted through writing, speech, gestures, rituals or other imitable phenomena with a mimicked theme. Examples of memes are tunes, ideas, catch-phrases, clothes fashions, ways of making pots or building arches. The word meme is a shortening of mimeme (from Ancient Greek mīmēma, "imitated thing") modelled on the gene. It was coined by Richard Dawkins in The Selfish Gene (1976) as a concept for discussion of evolutionary principles in explaining the spread of ideas and cultural phenomena.
(G. Gordon, 2002. Genes: a philosophical inquiry, New York: Routledge, p. 196)